Widespread Blackout Grips Nigeria as Electricity Grid Collapses
In a startling turn of events, Nigeria woke up to a nationwide blackout today, September 14, 2023, following the total collapse of the country’s electricity grid. The grid’s catastrophic failure occurred around 12:40 a.m., plunging the nation into darkness and leading to a substantial loss of power supply to electricity distributors throughout Nigeria.
Numerous sources within the power sector, as well as electricity distribution companies, have confirmed this dire situation. The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EEDC) issued a formal notice titled ‘Notice of Total System Collapse’ to alert its customers to the grim reality. The notice stated, “The EEDC wishes to inform her esteemed customers of a total system collapse which occurred at 12:40 am today, September 14, 2023. This has resulted in the loss of supply currently being experienced across the network. Due to this development, all our interface TCN (Transmission Company of Nigeria) stations are out of supply, and we are unable to provide service to our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo states. We are on standby, awaiting detailed information on the collapse and restoration of supply from the National Control Centre, Osogbo.”
The notice was signed by the Head of Corporate Communications at EEDC, Emeka Ezeh. However, as of now, the TCN, responsible for managing Nigeria’s grid, has not released any official statement regarding this critical situation.
It’s worth noting that just a week ago, the transmission firm celebrated a remarkable milestone, boasting 400 days of power grid stability in Nigeria, with no reported collapses during that period. This sudden and widespread blackout is a significant setback, raising questions about the resilience and reliability of the nation’s power infrastructure.
The nation anxiously awaits further updates and actions from authorities as efforts to restore the electricity grid commence.