A power outage is currently affecting nine communities in Ogun State due to a substantial decrease in power generation from the Egbin power station, as announced by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) through its social media channels late on Thursday night.
Among the areas impacted by the drop in power generation are the Ogun State capital, Abeokuta, as well as Sango, Ota, Ilaro, Ayetoro, Imeko, Mowe, Ibafo, and Magboro.
The IBEDC explained in its statement, “Due to the drop in generation from the Egbin generation station, customers in the following communities: Sango, Ota, Ilaro, Ayetoro, Imeko, Mowe, Ibafo, Magboro, Abeokuta metropolis and environs are experiencing a power outage.”
Acknowledging the inconvenience caused by the outage, the distribution company assured residents that its technical team is actively collaborating with relevant stakeholders to expedite the restoration of power supply to the affected areas.
This recent power disruption comes after the IBEDC had previously reported on December 19, 2023, that ongoing maintenance activities at the Egbin Power Station led to zero load allocation from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), resulting in a blackout in Abeokuta metropolis. The temporary shutdown of the power plant was necessary to allow the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) to conduct maintenance on a gas pipeline supplying Egbin Power Station.
On Christmas Day, the IBEDC issued an apology for the extended outage in Abeokuta metropolis and its surroundings, reassuring residents of a scheduled power restoration by December 29.
The Egbin Power Plant, recognized as Nigeria’s largest thermal generating station located in Lagos, plays a crucial role by contributing over 16 percent of the total electricity generated to the Nigerian National Grid. Any disruption in its operations significantly impacts the affected communities. The IBEDC’s ongoing efforts, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, aim to address the challenges posed by the current power outage and restore normalcy to the impacted areas.