Senator introduces bill to ban sale of generators; proposes 10 years in jail for sellers

Senator introduces bill to ban sale of generators; proposes 10 years in jail for sellers

A bill has been introduced in the senate by the senator representing Niger South, Bima Enagi, that seeks to ban the importation of generators in Nigeria.

The bill, titled “a bill for an Act to prohibit/ban the importation of generating sets to curb the menace of environmental (air) pollution and to facilitate the development of the power sector,” was one of the six bills read for the first time on Wednesday.

The bill if passed would prescribe punishment of upto 10 years in jail for individuals who flout the ban on sales. The bill however if passed into law will grant waivers for generator purchase and uses in certain cases.

This include for * Medical purposes (hospitals and nursing homes and healthcare facilities). * Airports. * Railway stations/services. * Elevators (lifts). * Escalators. * Research Institutions, and * Facilities that require 24 hours electric power supply.

 “Approval for exclusion shall, however, be obtained from the Minister in charge of Power, who shall brief the Federal Executive Council quarterly on approvals granted.” The bill further directs “all persons to stop the use of electricity generating sets which run on diesel/petroI/kerosene of all capacities with immediate effect, in the country.”

“This bill seeks to ban the importation and use of generating sets (generators) in the country and to curb the menace of environmental pollution which leads to potential health hazards it poses to the whole nation,” part of the document read. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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