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Blackout hits Nigeria as national grid suffers another collapse

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Millions of homes and businesses in Nigeria have been plunged into darkness after the national electricity grid suffered another disgraceful collapse.

Data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria’s (TCN’s) generation trend showed the grid collapsed at about 4pm on Thursday and dropped from 2,984 megawatts (MW) to zero in an hour, with all 21 plants connected to the grid halting operations by 5pm.

Meanwhile, this perennial development marks another setback for Nigeria’s electricity sector, which has been characterized by constant issues despite privatisation efforts aimed at overhauling the system.

Major power generation plants such as Egbin, Afam, Geregu, Ibom Power, Jebba, Kainji, Odukpani, and Olorunsogo, among others, remained dormant, further exacerbating the electricity deficit nationwide.

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