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Businesses grounded as power supply worsens

11 March 2016, 21:50

Abuja - Businesses and commercial activities in Nigeria’s small scale industry nationwide were on Thursday grounded as the record fall in power supply was worsened by the crash in the supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as fuel.

While the slide in electricity generation to a dismal level of 1 580.6 Megawatt (MW) continued to subject millions of Nigerians to longer spells of darkness, the shutdown of facilities of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by oil workers yesterday toughen the agony of fuel scarcity, currently rocking the country.

Also read: Power generation drops to 2 800mw

The oil workers called off the two-day old strike on Thursday. Like the oil workers who shut down the oil industry for two days due to the alleged unbundling of the NNPC, the electricity workers were said to have also inflicted partial system collapse on the grid.

Rising under the auspices of the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), the electricity workers made good their threat to create a clog in the wheel of electricity generation and supply due to the alleged sack of 400 staff by the management of Ikeja Electric formerly known as Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) Figures from the website of the Nigerian Systems Operations Department of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Thursday showed that the country was generating a mere 1 580.6MW which was distributed to the 11 electricity distribution companies (DISCOs).

Source: New Telegraph

- News 24


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