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Lagos, other states in darkness as national grid collapses

Nigeria’s power grid on Wednesday, suffered its first collapse of 2021, leaving some parts of the country in blackout.

This was confirmed by two of the electricity distribution companies in the country, Ikeja Electric Plc (IKEDC) and Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC).

IKEDC posted on Twitter, “This is to inform you that we experienced a system collapse at 13:58hrs today and this affected all customers on the IE network. However, we are pleased to confirm that supply has been restored to Alimosho, Ogba, and Alausa transmission stations at 14:47hrs.

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“Please note that gradual restoration to other areas is currently ongoing. Thank you for your understanding.”

EKEDC wrote, “There has been a partial system collapse on the national grid interrupting supply to most areas within our network. We are gathering updates on the situation and will provide them as available.

“For now, please be assured that all stakeholders are working hard to make sure this is resolved. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”

The grid, which is being managed by government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria, has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.

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