Saboteurs Hold Nigeria Hostage As Power Grid Collapsed 115 Times In 9 Years

With the recent three power grid collapses in less than 30 days, there are worries that acts of power infrastructure vandalism is on the rise.

The latest system collapse occurred on April 8, 2022, around 6.30 pm as the national power grid plunged from 2,400 megawatts (MW) some 30 minutes earlier to a zero level, causing a widespread outage.

According to insider reports, attempts to restore the power grid suffered a setback around 8:50 pm on the same night as the system tripped off again, with an outage lasting through to the next day in many parts of the country.

The latest grid disruption came just about 24 days after similar incidents on March 14 and 15, 2022. An industry official said the system collapse was multiple, especially from the gas-fired power plants.

The Minister of Power, Abubakar D. Aliyu, an engineer, had convened an emergency meeting that lasted through Monday night, where he tasked the operators with working together to make electricity more stable.

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