Bima Enagi, the senator representing Niger South on Wednesday 11th of March 2020, introduced a bill that seeks to ban the importation of generators in Nigeria.
The bill, which was 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.
According to the prescribes of the bill, offenders of this will be given at least, ten years imprisonment for any person who knowingly sells generator sets.
Other details of the bill show that the ban shall not include generator sets used for essential services which include:
* Medical purposes (hospitals and nursing homes and healthcare facilities).
* Railway stations/services.
* Elevators (lifts).
* 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.”
Also, the bill stipulates that everyone should stop the use of electricity generating sets which run on diesel/petroI of all capacities with immediate effect, in the country and seeks the ban of importing/use of generator sets in the country to reduce environmental pollution which leads to potential health hazards.
The lawmakers are expected to debate the details of the bill on another legislative day.