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National grid collapses again – 141st time since privatization started 11 years ago

Once again, Nigeria’s electricity grid suffered a collapse, plunging several cities into darkness.

The collapse occurred at 2:42 a.m. on Monday, with electricity generation plummeting to 64.70 megawatts.

The Jos Electricity Distribution Company (Jos DisCo) confirmed the outage, attributing it to the loss of power supply from the national grid.

In a statement by Friday Elijah, the Head of Corporate Communications at Jos DisCo, the company expressed hope for a swift restoration of normal power supply once the grid is back to stability. This incident marks another setback for the power sector, which has been grappling with challenges such as policy enforcement, regulatory uncertainty, gas supply issues, transmission constraints, and planning deficiencies.

Despite the government’s privatization efforts in 2013 to enhance efficiency, the grid has collapsed over 140 times since then.

Ndidi Mbah, the General Manager of Public Affairs at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), assured the public that updates regarding the situation would be provided soon.

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