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Darkness Looms Nationwide as Grid Dips To 1600mw

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The national electricity grid has continued its drop to 1,600 megawatts (mw) since Saturday with many electricity consumers decrying the situation, Daily Trust reports.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, had said on Thursday that repair works on a vandalised transmission tower since that day would cause a loss of 300mw from the Okpai power station in Delta State.

Fashola said the Kainji/Jebba and Shiroro hydro plants would, however, cushion the effect by maximising output during the two weeks repair period.

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Power generation reports from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator (NSO) on Sunday puts the peak generation at 1,668mw.

A resident, Mr Lanre Oluwole told Daily Trust on the state of supply in Nyanya, Abuja, said the area only had supply for six hours in three days. “The situation went worse since Thursday, from then till Sunday, supply has been poor. We got just six hours power those days,” he said.

Mr Emeka Aku of Kubwa, a suburb in Abuja decried the supply level to his area.

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