Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant on Digital and New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, has reacted to the national grid’s failure.
According to Bashir, Buhari’s administration has improved power.
He claimed that the electrical grid’s failure was caused by a faulty transmission system left over from the previous government.
The Presidential assistant said in a tweet that Nigeria had four collapses in 2020 and 42 in 2010.
“When we are ready to have this conversation,” Ahmad says, “we’ll know that the electricity sector has improved under this administration.”
“Grid collapse is usually caused by a weak transmission system (inherited). Intensive work is being done to fix that is obvious. We had four collapses in 2020 and recorded 42 in 2010.”
On Monday, at 10.40 a.m., the national grid went down, resulting in blackouts in several sections of the country.
After only 24 hours, several regions in the country were plunged into darkness on Tuesday due to another system failure.
Head of Corporate Communications, Ikeja Electric Plc, Mr Felix Ofulue, verified the news to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
Recall that on Wednesday, a message was supplied by Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC), the system went down around 5.10 p.m.
“As a result of this tragic situation, all of our outgoing feeders are out, and supply to our customers in the states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo has been disrupted,” stated Emeka Ezeh, EEDC’s Head of Corporate Communications.
DisCos have remained on standby, according to him, awaiting additional instructions from the National Control Centre (NCC) on how to restore power.
Ndidi Mba, the government-controlled Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) spokeswoman, did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the incident.
With just 2,000 megawatts of energy available in the last month, the national grip remained epileptic.
The country’s electrical situation has deteriorated in recent months, with generating capacity down below 2,000 megawatts and 14 power facilities shutting down.
This isn’t the first time that the grid has collapsed. Since 2013 when the sector was privatized, the grid has failed electricity consumers more than 130 times.