The already complicated state of electricity supply across the country was compounded on Sunday due to system collapse at the Shiroro Hydro-electric Power Plant in Niger State.
The Shiroro plant, with power capacity of up to 600 megawatts was reported to have crashed at about 4.10pm on Sunday.
The plant which began operation in 1990, was said to have collapsed as a result in massive load shedding as allocations to electricity distribution companies from the national grid was seriously reduced.
It was learnt that the power allocation to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company was reduced from about 450MW to 15MW.
Officials of the AEDC stated that the company was left with only 15MW at about 5.05pm, a development that made it supply electricity to only sensitive installations within the Central Business District of Abuja.
On Friday, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, had said power generation nationwide had dropped from about 4,800MW to 1,327MW, leading to the massive load shedding across the country.