Yesterday, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) apologised for the nationwide power outage which occurred on Friday, 24th May, 2013, as a result of the collapse of the transmission grid.
The company's General Manager (Public Affairs), Mr. Dave Ifabiyi, said a fault occurred on a major transmission line from Benin to Lagos through Osogbo and shut down the Egbin, Omotosho and Olorunsogo Power Stations, resulting in blackout nationwide.
In a statement, Ifabiyi said recovery efforts by the company's engineers to rectify the fault as well as bring up the system took some time due to the magnitude of the incident.
Explaining another incident, TCN said that three of its transmission towers were damaged by rain storm, in the North Western part of the nation, affecting a major 330kV transmission line taking power from Kainji to Brinin-Kebbi in Kebbi State and to the Niger Republic.
It noted that repairs are on-going but would take some weeks to complete. However, arrangement has been put in place to give skeletal electricity supply to the affected areas, through the Kaduna Transmission Substation.
This, TCN said, would however cause load shedding in Zaria in Kaduna State; Funtua in Katsina State; Gusau and Talata-Mafara in Zamfara State; Sokoto in Sokoto State as well as Birnin-Kebbi in Kebbi State.