Nigerians thrown into total darkness as National grid collapses again — third time in 25 days

In this photo taken on Monday Feb. 20, 2017, vegetable vendors ply their wares by the light of locally-made lanterns in Lagos, Nigeria. In Nigeria, for the cost of powering a small generator for two hours, Dutch company Lumos offer enough solar power to light a house, cool a room with a fan and charge cell phones for about eight hours. For a country without a secure supply of electricity where people are dependent on candles, batteries, kerosene and fuel for generators, Lumos was surprised they spend more on power than solar options. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

The national electricity grid suffered a system collapse yesterday — the third incident in less than one month.

The grid had collapsed on March 14 at 10:40am leading to power outage across the country.

Barely 48 hours later, the grid collapsed again on March 15, resulting in blackout in communities across states.

Confirming the latest development in a statement yesterday, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, head of corporate communication, Kaduna Electric, said the grid collapsed at 6:29pm.

“Dear Esteemed Customers, the management of Kaduna Electric regrets to inform you that the current outage being experienced in our franchise states is due to a collapse of the national grid,” the statement reads.

“The collapse occurred at about 18:29 pm this evening. Normal power supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is restored.

“We sincerely apologise for all inconveniences.”

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) also confirmed the development in a message to its customers yesterday night.

“Please be informed that there has just been a national grid collapse causing an outage in our franchise areas,” the message reads.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused and appeal that you bear with us while we await restoration from the TCN. We regret all inconveniences caused.”