Nigeria’s national electricity grid has collapsed for the second time in a month, the federal ministry of power stated on Saturday.
Major cities like Abuja and Lagos were without power. The power ministry stated that the outage had occurred overnight. It gave no estimate of when the grid, which serves around 117 million people, would be back in operation.
The ministry explained in a statement that a “detailed investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the recurring grid failure is ongoing”, as was the process of restoring supply.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has installed capacity of 12,500 megawatts but on a good day produces only a quarter of that, leaving many Nigerians and businesses reliant on diesel-powered generators.