Nigeria experienced a widespread power outage on Thursday morning as the national grid system collapsed, leaving millions of citizens without electricity. The national grid, operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) from Osogbo, Osun State, suffered a major breakdown, disrupting power supply across the nation.
Several distribution companies (DISCOs) across the country confirmed the grid’s collapse, which occurred in the early hours of Thursday. The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) reported a “total system collapse” at 12:40 a.m. on Thursday. Head of Corporate Communications at EEDC, Emeka Ezeh, expressed concern, stating, “This has resulted in the loss of supply currently being experienced across the network.”
Due to this development, EEDC announced that all its interface TCN stations were without supply, rendering the company unable to provide electricity services to customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo States. The company also stated that they were awaiting detailed information on the collapse and the restoration of supply from the National Control Centre (NCC) in Osogbo.
The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) also faced a similar situation, with a system collapse occurring at 6:41 a.m. EKEDC confirmed that this incident resulted in a total loss of supply across its network. In a statement posted on its official communication channel, the company assured its customers that they were in constant communication with the National Control Centre (NCC) in Osogbo and pledged to provide updates as more information became available.
Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) joined the list of affected DISCOs, regretfully informing customers that the current power outage across its network was due to a system collapse within the national grid. The company expressed its inability to distribute electricity to its valued customers, appealing for patience while they monitored the situation and awaited power restoration from the national grid.
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) also reported the grid collapse. AEDC’s management informed its customers that the power outage experienced on September 14, 2023, was a result of a system failure within the national grid during the early hours of the day. The company reassured customers that they were working with relevant stakeholders to restore power as soon as the grid was stabilised.
As Nigerians grapple with this significant power outage, the TCN and other relevant authorities are expected to work tirelessly to repair the damaged national grid and restore electricity supply to the nation’s homes, businesses, and institutions. Citizens across Nigeria are advised to conserve energy and remain patient as efforts to rectify the situation continue.