Nigeria’s power grid experienced a total collapse for hours on Friday night, resulting in blackout across the country.
The news of the grid collapse was announced by some of the major electricity distribution companies (DisCos) nationwide.
This is reportedly the 11th time the grid, which is being managed by government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria, has collapsed in 2019.
On Twitter, Eko Electricity Distribution Plc said the grid collapsed twice between Friday night and early Saturday morning.
At 2315hrs, we experienced a system collapse across all transmission stations. Supply was received at 0315hrs. Sadly, at 0438hrs, the system collapsed again. TCN & our team are working to restore supply.
Kindly bear with us.
— Eko Electricity Distribution Company (@EKEDP) November 9, 2019
Similarly, the Jos Electricity Distribution Plc, tweeted about the system outage.
Esteemed customers, there is power outage in all our franchise states due to system collapse nationwide. We will provide an update shortly. Thank you for bearing with us.
— Jos Electricity Distribution (JED) PLC (@josdisco) November 9, 2019
It is not yet clear the cause of the collapse but the DisCos have blamed the frequent collapses on poor protection equipment used for power transmission.