The Transmission Company of Nigeria, which operates the National Grid, has said that six states of the federation would experience power outage on Saturday and Sunday.
A statement issued by the Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Mr. Dave Ifabiyi, in Abuja on Tuesday, named the states as Abia, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo and parts of Benue.
According to Ifabiyi, the total blackout is to enable the company’s contractors to enhance the capacity of the transmission system serving the affected areas.
He said, “In the bid to complete the final connection works on the new double circuit 330kV transmission line from Benin, in Edo State, to Onitsha, in Anambra State, and the associated substation at Onitsha, there will be power interruption to Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo states in the eastern part of the federation, as well as parts of Benue State on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2013.
“The crucial final connection works to be carried out by our contractors, having completed the stringing of 330kV double circuit transmission line across River Niger, aim at enhancing the transmission capacity in the area and improving grid power delivery and reliability nationwide.”
Ifabiyi added that TCN regretted any inconveniences the two-day power interruption would cause the governments and people of the affected states.