Power supply has not been restored in most parts of Nigeria hours after electricity workers suspended their one-day-old strike.
Distribution companies that confirmed the development informed their customers that the current power outage is as a result of challenges being experienced with the National Grid.
In a tweet at about 6.18pm, the Jos Electricity Distribution Company said: “the 33kv line feeding our franchise states is still out”. It had in an earlier post on its Twitter handle said “the power outage being experienced across our franchise states is as a result of the collapse of the national grid. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and will restore power supply as soon as the national grid is back in-circuit”
One of the first distribution companies to break the news of failure to restore supply after the workers suspended their strike was the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC). In a message to its customers at about 1.18pm, the Company confirmed that “we are currently experiencing some challenges with power supply as a result of fluctuations leading occasionally to grid system outage”.
The operators and managers of the National Grid which is the Federal Government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) are yet to officially make any statement on the development.
The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company had however on Wednesday said “the collapse of the national grid earlier this afternoon…was occasioned by the nationwide industrial action by members of the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees”. The Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC) had in a release signed by its Head Communications, Emeka Ezeh said the general system collapse occurred on Wednesday at 2.15pm “consequently, all our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States are out of electricity supply”.
In another press release by the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company on Thursday at about 4.39 pm to explain the delay in restoration of power supply, the Head of Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi said: “although the strike action by members of the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees has been called off, power supply to Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi states has still not been restored because we have not yet received supply from the national grid”.
As at the time of this report, none of the distribution companies had confirmed full restoration of power supply to its franchise area from the National Grid. For the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC), as at 6.05pm, “the power supply is yet to be restored from the national grid as work is on-going to fix the system collapse and restore supply as soon as possible”.
The Eko Electricity Distribution Company in a tweet explains that “the National Grid is being energized following its total shutdown by the NUEE strike. Restoration happens in phases. We expect the entire grid to be fully up & running within 24hrs”.
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