The collapse of the power grid in Nigeria caused blackouts across the country

High voltage power lines are seen at the Azura-Edo Independent Power Plant (IPP) Nigeria (REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye/file) (AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE/)

Nigeria suffered a national blackout of about 10 hours on Thursday after the The country’s electrical network will collapse due to a fireas reported by the authorities and the country’s electricity distribution companies.

The network has crashed several times in recent yearsand the last blackout affected all 36 Nigerian states and to the capital, Abujabefore electricity was restored to most of the country.

A fire at one of the country’s power plants caused “sharp drops in frequency” that led to the network failure early Thursday, according to Adebayo AdebuluNigerian Energy Minister, on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“The fire has completely stopped, and more than half of the connections are already working and the rest will be fully restored in a short time,” Adebulu said on Thursday afternoon.

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), which supplies electricity to southeastern Nigeria, earlier issued a statement announcing the “total system” collapse. “Due to this situation, we are unable to provide service to our customers,” said Emeka Ezeh, a spokesperson for the company.

These types of failures are common in Nigeriawhich is fighting against dilapidated energy infrastructure that has caused frequent blackouts.

Nigeriarich in oil but poor in energy, generates a daily average of 4,000 megawatts of electricity -part of which it cannot distribute- for a population of more than 210 million people, far from the 30,000 megawatts per day that, according to the authorities, it needs.

Insufficient electricity supply causes millions of residents depend on gasoline generators to get electricity. However, gasoline prices have more than doubled this year after the government ended decades of subsidies, and many households and businesses have struggled to find an alternative source of electricity supply.

The unreliability of the electrical grid and the precariousness of the energy supply are often cited by companies as one of the main obstacles to the country’s growth most populated on the continent.

President Tinubu Ball promised to improve supply by allowing state governments to build their own power plants, in a bid to help boost sluggish economic growth.

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