Abuja Grapples with Blackout as AEDC Rations Electricity

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) covering Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa, Niger and Kogi States, disclosed in a notice to its customers that it would begin to ration electricity.

The Disco blamed the decision to ration electricity across its franchise on insufficient power allocation.

AEDC said, “We would like to inform you that we are aware of the unstable power supply experienced in recent times essentially caused by insufficient power allocation.

“Due to the limited energy allocation, we have had and will continue to implement load curtailment directives across our franchise in order to manage the situation for grid stability.

“This will involve occasional temporary interruption of power supply to certain areas for a limited period of time.

We understand that this may cause inconvenience to our customers, and we apologize for this.”

Records from the AEDC show allocation for March 7 was 516 Mega-Watts for the three states and the FCT.

Nigeria’s electricity generation has been between 4,000 to 5,000 Mega-Watts despite investments in the power sector.

Last year, it crashed from the 6,336.52 megawatts recorded in 2021 to 5,346.82MW.

According to AEDC: “We are doing everything we can to ensure that the impact of the power outages is minimized, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time.”


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