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After two days of electricity blackout in many parts of the country, the federal government of Nigeria has announced the successful restoration of the collapsed national electricity transmission grid across the country.

Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, announced the restoration in a series of tweets on his X handle (formerly Twitter) on Thursday evening.

“I am delighted to announce the successful restoration of the national electricity transmission grid, thanks to the diligent efforts of our skilled engineers,” Adelabu said.

He said normal power supply has been reinstated across the affected areas.

“We will maintain our round-the-clock efforts to address the root causes of the disruption and proactively resolve underlying issues, ensuring the smooth operation of the electricity grid.

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“We understand the inconveniences caused by the recent power outage and sincerely apologize for any disruptions you may have encountered during this period.

“Your patience and understanding have been greatly appreciated during the restoration process,” he said.

The Minister said the current state, strength, and capacity of the national grid may not be at the desired level, ongoing projects are actively working to improve, strengthen, and expand the grid infrastructure.

“New initiatives are also in progress. We are dedicated to taking all necessary measures to ensure grid stability and reliability, closely monitoring the situation to prevent future disruptions.
“Our commitment to delivering an enhanced power supply in the country remains unwavering. Thank you for your support,” the minister said.

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Recall that the national grid system collapsed on Thursday morning throwing the whole country into total darkness.

The system is operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

The federal government said the collapse of the grid was caused by a fire outbreak on Kainji/Jebba 330kV line, leading to about 356.63MW generation loss.

The latest collapse is coming weeks after the TCN announced that the country’s power grid had maintained uninterrupted stability for over 400 consecutive days.

The TCN had in August said the Nigerian power grid has recorded an unparalleled period of stability in the history of the power sector, operating without any major disruptions or systems collapse for a span of 400 consecutive days.

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“This milestone signifies a remarkable advancement in the nation’s efforts at strengthening its power infrastructure and ensuring a reliable and dependable electricity supply to distribution load centres for onward distribution to electricity customers nationwide,” the company said in a statement.

Despite the announcement, The Street Reporters Newspaper reports that most parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Nasarawa State are still without power supply at the time of this report, nearly 24 hours after the announcement was made.

Comrade James Ezema is a veteran journalist and media consultant. He is a political strategist. He can be reached on +2348035823617 via call or WhatsApp.

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