Blackout across the country has thrown Nigerians on social media into believing the national grid has collapsed again.
However, data obtained from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator showed that the number of idle power plants in the country rose by two to eight on Tuesday, worsening the blackout being experienced by many consumers.
Total power generation fell to 2,983 megawatts as of 6am on Tuesday from 3,336.5MW on Monday.
As of Saturday, the nation’s 27 plants generated 4,191.8MW but their total output plunged to 1,843.3MW on Sunday.
The plants that did not generate any megawatt of electricity on Tuesday were Sapele II, Alaoji II, Olorunsogo II, Omotosho II, Ihovbor, Gbarain, AES IPP and ASCO IPP.
See reactions online:
Blackout. I hope it’s not national grid.
— Olufemi Joseph (@IamFemiJoseph) April 29, 2020
God, this is 100% a national grid problem. I don’t want to die 😭
— fatimah (@0atimah) April 29, 2020
With everything happening in this country, national grid too has possibly crashed😩
Or, does anyone have light? pic.twitter.com/ZaMXSzbhKg
— ploque🔥 (@_oluwatobiiiii) April 29, 2020