Ikeja disco announces 10-day blackout in Lagos


The management of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company on Sunday announced a 10-day planned outage in some communities in Alimosho, Lagos State.

The outage would start from Tuesday, September 6, to Thursday, September 15, 2022.

The company said it would be replacing old panels at its Igando injection substation.

According to the company, the replacement of the panels is geared towards “improving the quality and quantity of power” to the areas that will be affected in the local government area.

The statement from the Disco reads: “As part of our efforts at improving the quality and quantity of power supply, we have decided to replace old panels at our Igando Injection Substation.

“This exercise will last for ten (10) days, from Tuesday, 6th to Thursday, 15th September 2022.

Feeders affected are General Hospital, Obadore, Egan, Akesan, Igando-Ikotun, Agric Road and New Igando.”

“We appeal for your understanding during this period. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.”

In another development, parts of Calabar in Cross River have been thrown into darkness as one of the transformers servicing the capital city at the 132/33 KV Sub-Station in Tinapa, Adiabo area was gutted by fire.

Following the incident, the whole of Atimbo in Calabar Municipality, State Housing Estate and IBB Way were in darkness.

The incident occurred on Saturday when workmen were working on the transformer.

The fire, which took several hours to put out, saw the equipment still billowing with smoke on Sunday morning.

Although the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, a witness in the neighborhood, Johnson Okon, said they first heard an explosion and later balls of fire burning at the station.

“We just heard the sound and saw fire; we all ran out and many people were shouting but we could do nothing; we don’t know what caused the fire,” he said.

A security man at the sub-station who pleaded anonymity, however, said no life was lost in the incident.

“They were actually working on the transformer when it caught fire and thank God nobody died or got injured in the process,” he stated.

When contacted, Collins Igwe, the Regional Manager of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, expressed shock and said he would visit the facility to assess the extent of damage.

“I have heard about the fire outbreak. It is shocking, nobody is sure about the cause.

“I am on my way to assess the extent of damage; we will look at how soon we can restore power to the parts of town affected,” he said.