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National Grid Collapse Caused By Vandalism – Federal Gov’t says

The Federal Ministry of Power, has said that the current collapse of the national grid was caused by an act of vandalism.

In a statement issued on Saturday, by Isa Sanusi, media aide to the Power Minister, Abubakar Aliyu, the vandalism occurred at the Odukpani—Ikot Ekpene 330kV double circuit transmission line.

Part of the statement read, “The immediate cause of national blackout (system collapse) was an act of vandalism on a transmission tower on the Odukpani—Ikot Ekpene 330kV double circuit transmission line thus resulting in a sudden loss of about 400MW of generation.”

The national grid collapsed again on Friday, NewsWireNGR recall. earlier, the Ministry of Power on Saturday said it is investigating the collapse of the national grid.

The grid collapsed on Friday for the third time in as many weeks, plunging parts of the country into darkness.

In a statement, the Ministry said the process of restoration has already commenced.

“We wish to notify the general public of the incidence of a system collapse which occurred at 1830hrs on April 8th, 2022 resulting in power outages in many parts of the country,” the statement said.

“While a detailed investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the recurring grid failure is currently ongoing by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and System Operator (the operator of the national grid), the process of restoring supply is ongoing with some sections of the national grid already energised and supply restored to consumers.

“We wish to assure Nigerians that the Federal Government is working assiduously to deliver on the much-needed reforms and investments, including SCADA, that are critical to improving the capacity and reliability of the national grid. This is in line with the Mr. President’s directives on closing infrastructure deficits in critical sectors of the Nigerian economy.”

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