Again, Nigeria Plunged into Darkness as National Grid Collapses for Hours

Again, Nigeria Plunged into Darkness as National Grid Collapses for Hours

Again, Nigeria Plunged into Darkness as National Grid Collapses for Hours

The national grid on Thursday experienced its first collapse in 2020 resulting in blackouts across the country.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) confirmed the development in a statement on its Twitter page which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

“There was a system disturbance which occurred at about 12.34 pm affecting some parts of the country.

“As at 1:10 pm, supply was restored to Abuja and most parts of the affected areas. TCN is still working to completely restore and stabilise the nation’s grid,” it said.

Ikeja Electric (IE) which also confirmed the grid collapse in a statement on its Twitter account, said another collapse of the grid occurred at 2.15 pm after the previous incident.

“Dear customers, the outage you are experiencing is due to a system collapse of the grid which occurred this afternoon at 12.36 pm. All parts of IE’s network are affected.


Poor Electricity, Insecurity Drag Back Warri

Despite developmental and security challenges in Warri and its environs, the hospitality industry struggles through and survives, writes ELO EDREMODA.

The hospitality industry in Warri and its environs have seen better days, it appears. From the early 1990s to about 2012, there was reported, a steady boom, until recent years.

Across Delta State’s commercial capital is quite some popular hotels and nightclubs such as Palm Groove, Mega Hilton, Hotel Excel, De Pub and Revolution, among others, that have had to wind up due to the inability to sustain the trade. Several others seem on the verge of collapsing. The staggering cost of running power plants topped the proprietors’ complaints.

The story is slightly different from restaurants. Places such as Mr. Biggs, Double Delight, and Kom Chop have long packed up. But a few, such as AJ Takeaway and Restaurant, Chicken Republic and Sizzlers can be spotted around the metropolis.


No to Electricity Tariff Increase

The electricity tariff increase announced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in its recent minor review of the Multi-Year Tariff Order may have become necessary, but its timing is inappropriate. In announcing the plans to increase the tariff by April 2020, the regulatory body claimed that it would “review the variables in the determination of cost-reflective tariffs and relevant tariff and market shortfalls for 2019 and 2020.” NERC explained that, “The Federal Government’s updated Power Sector Recovery Programme does not envisage an immediate increase in end-user tariffs until April 1, 2020, and a transition to full cost reflectivity by the end of 2021.

In the interim, the Federal Government has committed to funding the revenue gap arising from the difference between cost-reflective tariffs determined by the commission and the actual end-user tariffs payable by customers. All FGN intervention from the financing plan of the PSRP for funding tariff shortfall shall be applied through NBET and the market operator to ensure 100 percent settlement of invoices issued by market participants.” The important phrase in the statement is what NERC refers to as “the variables in the determination of cost-reflective tariffs.”


Whither is the Electric Power Sector in Nigeria Bound?

OProem often hears the phrase, “motion without movement”. The term is typically used to depict a lot of activity without any real effect. As far as the electric power sector in Nigeria is concerned, there have been several stakeholder events, conferences and talk shows/ talk shops on moving the power sector forward. However, it appears that, apart from substantially privatizing the sector, not much progress has been made.

There have been emotions and energies, at times, dissipated on several programs which are either not well implemented or suspended mid-way into being implemented. At some point, there was a lot of talk and motion around the grid, but recently it has been mostly off-grid, solar and mini-grids.

The writer believes that (and research has confirmed this) no country can truly industrialize without sufficient, stable, efficient and high-quality grid electric power supply and since energy insufficiency has been linked with poverty, we may be in for a long-lasting battle with poverty in the country. Herein, lies the tragedy!


Nigerians Mock Discos, TCN over Blackout

Nigerians on Twitter are posting derisive comments about the electricity distribution companies and Transmission Company of Nigeria, following the collapse of the national grid. More remarkable was that Nigerians are still calling the entities by the old acronym NEPA, which means NEVER EXPECT POWER ALWAYS.

The TCN announced the collapse of the grid on Thursday which it euphemistically called ‘system disturbance”.

“There was system disturbance which occurred at about 12.34 pm this afternoon, affecting some parts of the country. As at 1:10 pm, supply was restored to Abuja and most parts of the affected areas. TCN is still working to completely restore and stabilise the nation’s grid”, it said in a tweet.

EKEDC notified its customers about the “disturbance”. “Dear valued customer, present outage affecting all is a TCN System Disturbance on the grid. Power to be restored as soon as available.”

But reports said the grid collapsed, not just once, but twice on Thursday.


Stakeholders kick as BPE delays Discos’ Performance Review

Electricity consumers and other stakeholders have expressed concerns over the delay by the Bureau of Public Enterprises to review the performance of the distribution companies in the country.

During the privatisation of the generation and distribution companies carved out of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria in November 2013, the Federal Government sold 60 percent of its stakes in the Discos to investors and retained 40 percent through the BPE.

The Director-General, BPE, Mr Alex Okoh, said in October 2018 that the review of the performance of the Discos would take place before December 2019.

He said the five-year performance agreements for all the Discos, with the exception of Kaduna Disco, became effective on January 1, 2015, and the fifth year anniversary for final performance review would, therefore, be December 31, 2019.

But nothing has been heard from the BPE as to whether a committee had been constituted for the review and when it would be completed.

Cashless Policy: EEDC Begins Implementation Feb 1, Customers Paying Above N3,000 Affected

With effect from February 1, electricity customers under the Enugu Electricity Distribution (EEDC) making payments above N3,000 can no longer do so in cash, as they are expected to pay using the electronic and other alternative payment channels available to them.

In a statement made available to Blueprint Thursday, which was signed by Head of Communications, EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, the move by the organisation is in compliance with the recent cashless policy initiative introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Ezeh said that payments for electricity bill above N3,000.00 will no longer be accepted in cash at any of EEDC’s payment outlets from 1st February.

He enumerated the electronic and other alternative payment channels to include: Point of Sale (PoS, using ATM cards), Energy Pay (by logging on to:, any bank outlet/ collection agents (these include: Paga, Capricorn, Fidelity Bank, G-pay, Vatebra, Fucil Data tech, and Direct Bank Transfer (mostly for Maximum Demand customers).




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