The Nigerian House of Representatives yesterday adjourned plenary abruptly over an interruption of power in the lower chamber following a failure.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that following the failure, the speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, call for an adjournment after the power went out.
The situation forced the lawmakers to exit the chamber in darkness, using their phone torchlights.
This is coming a day after major cities in Nigeria including the commercial nerve centre Lagos and the nation’s political capital Abuja were thrown into a blackout as the national grid collapsed for the umpteenth time in 2022.
Various electricity distribution companies confirmed the development in statements directed to their customers.
Ikeja Electric said the national grid collapsed at 10:50 am on Monday, noting that ‘this has affected the transmission stations within our network and resulted in the loss of power supply to our customers.’
Also, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company said, it regrets to ‘inform you of a system collapse on the national grid at precisely 10:52 am. Presently, all our injection substations are out of supply.
‘We are working with our TCN partners to restore supply as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience.’
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc equally released a similar statement but said the grid collapsed in the nation’s political capital at 10:55 am.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that in the southern part of Nigeria, the Benin Electricity Distribution Company said the development took place at 10:51 am, causing disruption to the power supply in the coverage area which includes Delta, Edo, Ekiti, and Ondo.
Also, the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc said the system collapse caused an outage in the South-East states of Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Imo, and Ebonyi.