The Federal Government of Nigeria is looking at supplying neighbouring Chad following a request from the country.
The government owned Transmission Company of Nigeria made the disclosure on Sunday after it said they held a meeting last week on connecting Chad to the national grid.
Nigeria which is currently struggling with 3000 to 4500 megawatts of electricity is currently supplying three border countries which are Niger, Benin and Togo.
It was reported that power generation fell from 3776 megawatts to 3474 megawatts as of 6am on Sunday.
Also it is reported that 11 generating power plants were idle as they did not supply electricity as of 6am on Sunday.
Currently, there are 27 generation power plants that is being managed by the TCN and connected to the national grid.
TCN released a statement on Twitter saying, “Meeting between Ministry of Power, TCN, and the Chadian Minister of Energy, Mrs Ramatou Mahamat Houtouin, to discuss the possibilities of connecting the Republic of Chad to the Nigerian national grid [was held] on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
This tweet has drawn widespread criticism across Nigeria, as people complained that Nigeria does not have sufficient electricity and TCN is thinking of connecting other countries to the national grid.
Here are some tweets from Nigerians on the issue.
Steven Olasite said, “There is no ‘possibilities’ anything. As I type, we don’t have power for four days before it was restored yesterday. How can a country with epileptic power be contemplating connecting another country to its grid? This is madness!”
Johnson Weniaru, another tweeted follower of TCN, said, “We have not had power for six days now and you want to connect another country to the small one we are managing.
You people should borrow yourself sense o.”
Udeh Martin replied TCN’s tweet thus, “How can a country with epileptic power be contemplating connecting another country to its grid? This is total madness!”
Mustapha Adam, who tweeted in pidgin English, said, “You see your problem ko? With the current less than 5,000MW generation? May God deliver us from over sabi people.”
Hilary Onyekwelu advised TCN to stop tweeting such information, as he said, “Don’t tweet this because it is a bad idea. You don’t give what you don’t have.”