Ghana witnessed a nationwide blackout on Wednesday night. Giving further explanations on the occurrence, Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCO, William Amuna said: “there was a surge of power around 9:40pm last night; we lost many generators across the country. As a consequence, we lost supply to most parts of the country.” “It was around 9.40 pm and we started the restoration programme till about 1 am when we were above 1,000 megawatts and there was a swing in the power system again and we lost some generation again and currently we are in the process of restoring,” he added.
Asked whether GRIDCO knew the cause of the blackout, Mr. Amuna said : “we would have to go through our system to indicate exactly what happened but the concentration has been on restoring power to the nation.” Mr. Amuna also confirmed that “this is the second time a nationwide blackout has occurred.” Mr. Amuna however indicated that “almost 50% of the power across the country has been restored” adding that GRIDCo is still working to restore power to the nation. The lights went off around 9 pm. The last time a nationwide blackout hit Ghana was in January 2016 as a result of system failure.