Nigeria has been plunged into darkness as the entire electricity grid collapsed in the early hours of Thursday morning, September 14, 2023.
The total grid failure occurred at approximately 12:40 a.m., causing a massive disruption in power supply to all electricity distributors across the country.
Multiple sources within the power sector and electricity distribution companies have confirmed this unprecedented incident.
EEDC issues notice of total system collapse
Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EEDC) issued an official notice titled ‘Notice of Total System Collapse’ to inform its customers about the situation.
In the notice, EEDC stated, “The EEDC wishes to inform her esteemed customers of a total system collapse which occurred at 12:40 am today, September 14, 2023.
This has resulted in the loss of supply currently being experienced across the network.
Due to this development, all our interface TCN (Transmission Company of Nigeria) stations are out of supply, and we are unable to provide service to our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo states.
We are on standby awaiting detailed information of the collapse and restoration of supply from the National Control Centre, Osogbo.“
The notice was signed by Emeka Ezeh, the Head of Corporate Communications at EEDC. As of now, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), responsible for managing the country’s power grid, has not released any official statement regarding this incident.
It is worth noting that just a week ago, TCN celebrated 400 days of power grid stability in Nigeria, claiming that there had been no grid collapses during this period.