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National Grid Collapse: Atiku, Sowore Cast Blames, Suggest Solutions

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National Grid Collapse: Atiku, Sowore Cast Blames, Suggest Solutions

National Grid has collapsed again for the sixth time in Nigeria, throwing more people into darkness. However, this time around, the national grid collapse has  prompted Atiku and Sowore to set Twitter on fire as they cast blames and proffer solutions. Meanwhile, many other Nigerians have equally thrown themselves into the fray.

While this is the sixth national grid collapse in a year, the fifth was in June.

Moreover, the national grid first collapsed twice during April of 2022.

Later in March, it collapsed twice again.

The frequent collapses are causing huge loses on Nigerians and politicians, including Atiku and Sowore have joined other Nigerians to decry the development.

This is, however, not without heating up the Twitter street with blames and possible solutions.

But before we look at fray, let us hear what the DisCos are saying about the sixth national grid collapse.

Wat they are saying:

The Eko Electricity Distribution Plc, apologised for the collapse, in a statement to its customers via Facebook.

“Dear Customers, we regret to inform you of a system collapse on the National grid at precisely 11:27am today, Wednesday July 20th.

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“We are in talks with the Transmission Company of Nigeria to ascertain the cause of the collapse and a possible restoration timeline.

“We will keep you updated on the situation.”

In a similar development, the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company informed its customers of the collapse.

Also in a Facebook post, the company’s head of corporate communications, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said thus:

“We regret to inform our customers that the power failure currently being experienced is as of the collapse of the National Grid which occurred by 11:28 this morning.”

“We hereby assure our esteemed customers of restoration of normal power supply as soon as TCN restores supply to us.

“We sincerely regret the inconveniences caused by the system failure.”

Also, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company equally issued statement on the collapse.

“Please be informed that the current power outage is due to a system failure from the National Grid.”

“The system collapsed at about 12:23 p.m. today, 20 July 2022, causing the outage currently being experienced.

“We appeal for your understanding as all stakeholders are working hard to restore normal supply.”

What you should know:

The electricity distribution companies, DisCos, announced on Wednesday, July 21st, 2022, that the sixth national grid collapse occurred at about 11:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, the generating companies, GenCos, generate the electricity and feed the national grid while the DisCos get electricity from the national grid and distribute to the people.

Therefore, during national grid collapses, the distribution companies fail to get the electricity to distribute to the people.

Consequently, homes, offices, companies, factories, streets etc are thrown into darkness.

Businesses and health facilities as well as other facilities that require electricity to function shut down during national grid collapses.

The solution to Nigeria’s constant national grid collapse:

As the country’s electricity continues to meet challenges, Nigerians are looking for solutions to the electricity troubles.

This is when Atiku and Sowore tried to come in, raising debate on the Twitter street.

In a series of tweets, Atiku decried the continued national grid collapse, enumerating things he would do to fix the electricity challenges for good if he emerges president of the country.

But Sowore countered Atiku’s claims,  accusing him of failing to solve the problem when he was in government under then president Olusengun Obasanjo.

Sowore tweeted thus:

Keep in mind that both Atiku Abubakar and Omoyele Sowore want to be Nigeria’s president.

While Atiku is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sowore is the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the coming 2023 presidential election.

Meanwhile, tweeps who joined the fray tweeted as follows:

Government blames TCN:

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has blamed the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, over the recurring national grid collapse.

 

 

Anthony Chinonso Ogbonna is the editor of Techuncode media. He is a seasoned journalist whose stint cuts across broadcast, print and, especially, the online media. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Multimedia Journalism. He aligns his belief with those of world tech communities, holding tenaciously that the world is solely driven and can only be best with tech. Furthermore, Anthony believes that technology is simple, fun and is not what one, especially Africans, should be scared of, hence, his passion for telling compelling stories about tech in ways relatable to the ordinary user. He has his hobbies in reading and designing (new hobby though.)

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