Nationwide outage affects power supply in Aba and environs

Thu, Sep 14, 2023
By editor


THE nationwide system collapse which began at 12.46 am today is the reason residents and organisations in the industrial city of Aba, Abia State, have been without electricity supply, according to the managing director of Aba Power Ltd, Patrick Umeh.

In a statement in Aba this morning, Umeh, a former commissioner with the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, where he was in charge of Markets, Market Rates and Competition, explained that the blackout began as a result of a total system collapse.

“That’s the information we received early this morning from the National Control Centre at Oshogbo in Osun State”, he stated.

“Supply was restored at about 6 a.m., but it went off again within a couple of minutes”.

Umeh, a former executive with the Los Angeles Water and Power Corporation in California, United States, did not explain the cause of the complete system failure.

A complete system occurs when the entire country is thrown into darkness as a result of power failure from the national grid while a partial collapse takes place when a part of the country doesn’t have a supply as a result of a problem with the transmission network.

System collapses in Nigeria frequently arise from such things as problems with any of the power plants and vegetation as tall trees like iroko touch power towers in places like Edo and Ondo states especially during the rainy season, according to Engineer Cliff Eneh, a power consulting chief executive in Lagos who used to be a senior engineer with the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) after working at the Texas Power and Light in Dallas, Texas, United States.

While apologising to customers in nine of the 17 local government areas in Abia serviced by Aba Power, Umeh promised that his electricity distribution company, which is the newest in the country, will restore light once the current national outage is over.

“We ask for understanding from our numerous customers as the blackout is beyond our control”, he pleaded.


-September. 14 2023 @ 17:43 GMT |