Again, National electricity grid collapses

Nigeria’s national electricity grid collapsed again on Friday after it had initially collapsed following the industrial action by industry workers across the country.

Current situation: Shortly after the members of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) suspended their one-day strike that made the national grid to be down for several hours on Thursday, different power distribution companies stated on Friday that the grid collapsed again.

Meanwhile, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had reportedly commenced the restoration of the grid after the workers suspended their strike, only for it to collapse again on Friday afternoon.

In a tweet on Friday, Eko Electricity Distribution Company disclosed that TCN was working again to get the grid back up.

“Dear customers, at exactly 1309hrs (1.09pm) we experienced another system collapse, affecting parts of the country. The TCN team is working to restore supply. Please bear with us as we expect supply soon,” Eko Electricity Distribution Company said.

“We regret to inform you that after brief restoration, the system has collapsed once again. However, we are optimistic, supply will be restored soon. We apologise for the inconveniences you are experiencing. Thank you for your continued patience,” Jos Electricity Distribution Plc said.

How we got here: As earlier published on Nariametrics, workers of both generating and distributing power companies were on strike under the umbrella of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) to resolve issue of illegal transfer of union property to power investors, alleged refusal by some DisCos to remit deducted contributory pension of staff to pension managers and improved conditions of service.

The strike, which lasted for 24 hours, was called off after the Federal Government met with the union to resolve the highlighted issues. The national electricity grid has reportedly recorded more than 11 collapses in 2019, worsening power supply across the country.

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