Nigeria Power Black Out Blamed On Vandalism

An act of vandalism to a transmission tower prompted a nationwide power outage in Nigeria on Friday, according to the country’s Minister of Power Abubakar Aliyu.

Aliyu informed the public that efforts were being made “sequentially” to restore power, but he did not specify when the process would be completed. 

“The cause of national blackout yesterday was an act of vandalism on a transmission tower on the Odukpani Ikot Ekpene 330kV double circuit transmission line thus resulting in a sudden loss of about 400MW. This consequently led to a cascade of plant shut down across the country,” in a statement.

Aliyu also stated that the administration was aiming to improve the national grid’s capacity and dependability. 

In Nigeria, power outages are a common occurrence, forcing many businesses to rely on diesel-powered generators. 

According to Reuters, Nigeria has a total installed capacity of 12,500 megawatts, but barely produces a fraction of that on a good day. 

One of the impediments to corporate growth in Africa’s largest economy has been mentioned as Nigeria’s power reliability difficulties.

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