The Nigerian Transmission Corporation has blamed the generation and distribution companies for repeated collapses of the national grid.

As such, it asks Gencos and Discos to “raise their game” when it comes to power delivery.

This was revealed to The PUNCH Board by Nsima Ekere, Chairman of the Technical and Oversight Committee and member of the TCN Council, on the sidelines of a two-day official visit and inspection of the TCN store in Ojo and other transmission stations in Lagos.

He said Discos and Gencos should invest enough in their networks and infrastructure to allow Nigerians to enjoy some degree of power stability.

He said TCN was not responsible for the poor service to electricity consumers as the fault should be traced back to the generation and utility companies.

Ekere recommends that distribution companies and generation companies increase their distribution and generation capacity.

He said: “When the board came online, we were concerned about grid collapse. We then set up a committee to look into the issue and we found it was a complex issue.

“It’s not TCN’s fault. It’s coming from Gencos and Discos, because sometimes when we tell them to get more energy, they get less energy. All of that negatively impacts the grid.

“Customer access to power does not depend solely on TCN capacity. Gencos and Discos must generate and distribute enough power to improve supply.”

He said TCN is installing a SCADA system which, according to him, will help create stability and eliminate grid breakdowns.

Other TCN stations visited by the Board included the Ikeja West/330/312kV transmission station, Alagbon, Lekki and a site at Eko Atlantic.

National Grid has collapsed about eight times this year.

TCN Lagos managing director Chris Okonkwo said an ongoing audit of all equipment at the Ojo store would be completed over the next month before they would be deployed to the various substations.

He added that TCN has so far taken delivery of 40 transformers, while about 20 have been deployed to substations across the state.

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