Nigeria experienced a nationwide power outage on Saturday at approximately 15:09 hours following another system collapse of the national grid.

Emeka Ezeh, Head of Corporate Communications at Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), confirmed the incident, which has disrupted bulk electricity supply from the Transmission Company of Nigeria’s National Control Centre.

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The blackout affects the Southeast states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo, with EEDC unable to provide services in these areas.

This latest collapse marks at least the third occurrence in 2024 alone, adding to the 227 system collapses reported over the past 14 years by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

The incident follows a recent announcement by TCN of a decline in electricity generation to a peak of 4,723.30 megawatts as of July 4, 2024, compared to 4,800 megawatts in May.

Amid these power challenges, electricity tariffs have also increased significantly, with Band A customers now paying N206.80 per kilowatt-hour, up from N66 kWh. This tariff hike is intended for customers who receive 20-24 hours of power supply daily, highlighting the ongoing issues within Nigeria’s power sector.