Power blackout: Dismantle, discontinue national grid to end challenge, Expert tells FG




…As TCN commences partial restoration of power

On Monday Nigerians wake up to another blackout following the seventh national grid collapse in 2022.

Earlier, Ikeja Electricity Company(IKEDC), Enugu Electricity Distribution Company(EEDC) confirmed the outage and apologized to customers.

Reacting to the development, an energy, Agroconsultant and foremost Nigeria Bamboo in a chat with Nigerian Newssphere on Monday said the national grid should be dismantled and discontinued to end challenge.

The expert rather advocated for regional and sub-national grid as replacement for national grid.

According to Eleojo, “The collapse of the National grid (what I have consistently called ‘Greed’) is a very shameful thing for a country like Nigeria. We are doing the same thing expecting a different result after failing in the task a million times. It is utter madness if we think its going to change.

“In the first place we don’t need national grid.

“Electricity should be localized and small and mini grids should be encouraged to come on board quickly.

“Imagine one hundred companies generating 1MW each across the country from hydro,solar,wind and even biomass and biogas, we will get 100Mws. Is that a difficult thing to achieve? But here we are because of corruption and laziness of a section talking about national grid that is a major source of swindle on the economy and cannot deliver.

“National grid in the first instance is to aid in transporting electricity from point A to B. Why are transporting meagre electricity around the whole place? Let each state or neighbouring States generate their electricity.

“Like I have said many times, the FGN does not know the importance of electricity and some top Government officials are bias towards a section hence their insistence on national grid. It has to stop whether we like it or not.

“The impact on the economy is catastrophic. Prices of products and services will continue to rise astronomically due to the high cost of diesel. The poor man will continue to suffer more because of the negative impact it will have on Agriculture produce and products.

“Going forward, National grid should be dismantled and discontinued immediately and made a regional grid or sub-regional grid within a State”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of Sage Consulting & Communications, Mr.Oyebode Fadipe noted that with the current structure of TCN, it is impossible to avert power outage.

Fadipe said, “It is wishful thinking to expect that there won’t be any grid system outage again after the last one that we suffered. Is the reason for this collapse the same as the reason for the last outage? What lessons did we learn in the last one? Did we put the lessons to use?”, he asked.

This is coming as Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said it has commenced partial restoration of power nationwide.

This was contained in a statement released to NewsDirect Newspaper on Monday by TCN’s General Manager Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah.

“TCN wishes to inform the public that the national grid experienced partial system disturbance at about 10.51am today, 26th, September 2022. The incident was a result of sudden drop in system frequency, which created system instability.

“The restoration of the affected part of the grid commenced immediately at 11.55am with Osogbo/Ihovbor back to the grid followed by Jebba/Osogbo, Kainji/Jebba, Benin/Onisha, Shiroro/Kaduna, Shiroro/Katampe, and Alaoji/Ikot-Ekpene. Others are Lokoja/Gwagwalada, Odukpani/Ikot Ekpene, Benin/Omotosho, Oke-Aro/Ikeja west, Egbin/Oke-Aro and Kaduna/Kano.

“The National Control Centre (NCC) said a full-scale investigation is being conducted to establish and ascertain the cause of the partial disturbance as this unwholesome event has resulted in aggregated generation loss.

“However, grid restoration is almost completed and the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) regrets any inconveniences caused as well as appreciates the kind understanding of costomers of electricity within and outside the country.

“We are committed to leveraging the concerted interventions instituted so far to enhance power supply reliability so that the issue of system disturbance will soon become outdated”, it stated.