Why Is There Blackout Each Time it Rains

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 by Bayo Osiyemi — June 8, 2019

For more than 30 minutes in the early morning of Sunday, May 26, 2019, it rained in my neighbourhood without the electric power suppliers throwing us into darkness.

That set me thinking why that was so. Are we now at par with the developed nations like the UK and the USA where rain or thunder, power supply remains steady and uninterrupted, except you have run out of money on your pay metre?

Or, did the suppliers fail to throw us into darkness this time, as they are wont to do at the mere threat of rain even before it starts pouring, because some homes now pay to have power supply?

Before the deregulation, you could enjoy lights for days or weeks or months without paying until the slumbering officials of ECN or NEPA or PHCN and now DISCOS come in to cut off your power supply.

Once the skies begin to roar with the threat that rains will start to fall, power supply is immediately suspended as if rain, with or without thunder, must not co-habit with light. Most times, the rains won’t fall and the roaring of thunder will cease, prompting immediate restoration of regular supply.

Now, as I witnessed in my neighbourhood that Sunday, the skies roared before opening up a deluge of rainwater and power supply was not immediately cut off, until after 30 minutes that the rains had started. The question is: why?

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If it was dangerous to have power supply any time thunder roared and the rains fell before deregulation, what now makes it safe to have the lights on during similar occurrences? Has it got anything to do with money? Is it akin to wanting to make money at the expense of our lives, like those who sell expired drugs to us to consume?

Doesn’t this make one feel suspicious of the reason why power supply that is uninterrupted in London or New York when it rains, for example, is usually disrupted in Lagos or Abuja or anywhere else in our country?

The issue maybe technical, but an answer is desirable if the impression is not to be created in the minds of Britons or Americans living in our midst that this is truly a country where anything goes.

Who is going to attend to this poser between the electricity regulatory board and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON)?

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