System Collapse: Nigeria in Total Darkness Again
The entire country was thrown into darkness on Thursday when the national grid of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria witness another system collapse making at least the second since the beginning of 2013.
The power began to go off gradually in many states Thursday night and by Friday, no part of the country had power supply.
Nigerians, who took to the various social media platforms lamenting the absence of power in their areas. While some where complaining of the total darkness, some confirmed that they have not had power supply for over one week.
System collapse which are either partial or total has become a recurring decimal in the power supply business in Nigeria, although the rate of its occurrence in 2013 have been very minimal compare to what obtained in previous years, the trend highlights the fragile state of the country’s electricity supply infrastructure.
In 2009 and 2010, the country recorded 39 and 42 system failures respectively. This figure dropped to 19 in 2011, 13 of which were total, while the remaining six were partial.
By 2011, it rose again to a total of 24 system failures, with 15 being total collapses and nine partial system collapses, bringing to a total of 126 the total number of system collapses recorded in four years.
Although, Abusidiqu.com could not get through to any of the PHCN authorities to explain the reason behind the latest system collapse, we gathered that electricity generation from the grid was lost completely.
Power generation has become one of the greatest problems faced by the country. Only recently, the govt of President Goodluck Jonathan handed over the power generation and transmission companies to successful bidders who won bids in what seems to be a drive to deal with new and inevitable challenges faced by the power sector.
The govt of President Goodluck Jonathan has said that sustainable power supply which is expected to be private sector driven was not only part of President transformational agenda of his administration, but also central to the transformation process of generating generate not less than 40,000MW of electricity by 2020 in line with the country’s Vision 2020.
Given current statistics, Nigeria still needs about 1,331MW to achieve the 5,500MW target, but the govt has said that improvement in power generation would be gradual as it has promised to generate at least 10,000MW by the end of 2013.
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