The National Grid has collapsed for the umpteenth time, throwing the country into darkness.
Nigerians were outraged at the new collapse, especially on social media.
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) reported the situation in a tweet, urging Nigerians to exercise patience.
“Hello, please be advised that a national grid failure has just occurred, resulting in an outage across our franchise regions.” We apologise for the inconvenience and ask that you please bear with us as we wait for TCN restoration. “We apologise for any trouble this has caused,” AEDC said in a tweet.
In a statement written by Abdulazeez Abdullahi, the head of Corporate Communication for Kaduna Electricity, the company claimed it “regrets to tell you that the present outage being experienced in our franchise states is due to a failure of the national grid.” This evening, around 18:29 p.m., the building collapsed.”
Normal power supply would be restored as soon as the grid is restored, according to the statement.
Despite promises from the Federal Government that it has taken efforts to solve the problem, the latest collapse, the third in less than a month, occurred despite assurances from the Federal Government that it has taken steps to address the problem.
The grid’s manager, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), said last month that it had devised alternate grid management methods.
TCN’s “in-house engineers have implemented a stop-gap solution to boost grid monitoring and gathering of data from remote stations (power stations and transmission substations) to the National Control Centre,” according to the company. This was accomplished through the use of an Internet of Things (IoT) solution as well as a Virtual Private Network (VPN) provided by a variety of Internet Service Providers (ISP).
Meanwhile, several Nigerians have voiced concerns about the grid failure on Twitter.
Shehu Sani, a former senator from Kaduna Central who served in the 8th Senate, simply tweeted, “The manner our National Grid is collapsing these days is unbelievable.”
“Our national grid has crashed again, but our national greed continues to rise,” tweeted @novieverest.
“National Grid breakdown, they know all you can do is yell on Twitter,” said @Ade Tosix. They know you can’t say anything. They know you’ll continue to chant their praises, that you’ll vote for the APC, and that you’re not a fool.”
President Eniola Daniel, under the handle @UnlimitedEniola, tweeted: “Again, the national grid has crashed.” It has now collapsed five times in less than two months. Forget about having reliable electricity till 2023. If you have the financial resources, you should leave Nigeria. “I’m giving you some advice.”
“Our national grid has crashed again, but our national greed continues to rise,” tweeted @novieverest. I’m hoping Tolu Ogunlesi is keeping track of them for us?”
@Ade Toxin, “They know all you can do is scream on Twitter if the National Grid goes down.” They know you can’t say anything. They know you’ll continue to chant their praises, that you’ll vote for the APC, and that you’re not a fool.”
“National Grid is down again!” tweeted James ILemona, a Twitter user. I’ve been telling you why you need to obtain your PVC over and over again. I’m hoping you now have a cause to. Don’t simply acquire a PVC; vote in 2023 as well.
Yes, your vote is significant.”