Blackout: Power Ministry fingers vandals, says no cause for alarm


By Agatha Chitumu, Abuja


Daily Courier – The Ministry of Power has again fingered some acts of vandalization as reasons for the blackout that plagued some part of the nation some hours ago.

According to a new report, the act of vandalization took place at the Odukpani Ikot Ekpene 330kV double circuit transmission line.

The statement reads partly: “Further to our earlier press release, we wish to apprise the general public that the immediate cause of national blackout (system collapse) was an act of vandalism on a transmission tower on the Odukpani Ikot Ekpene 330kV double circuit transmission line thus resulting in a sudden loss of about 400MW of generation.

“This consequently led to a cascade of plant shut down across the country.

“We wish to notify the public that power on the grid is being restored sequentially by the System Operator as other on-grid power plants are being dispatched to cover the lost generation capacity from the Calabar power plant owned by the Niger Power Holding Company Ltd.” the statement added.