Nigerians may soon e restricted from using power generating set if a bill seeking to ban the use of generators is passed into law by the Senate.
The bill which was sponsored by Senator Muhammed from Niger state has already passed the first reading.
The proposed legislation, if passed will ban individuals and companies that do not fall under some categories from using generators.
The bill recommends at least 10-years imprisonment for anyone guilty of flaunting the law.
Epileptic power supply has always been a problem too difficult for Nigeria to solve despite billions of Naira thrown into the power sector in the past.
1. Finance Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 397) by Senator Abdullahi Yahaya.
Finance Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 397) is read the First Time.
— The Nigerian Senate (@NGRSenate) March 11, 2020
Read the tenets of the bill
A’ BILL FOR AN ACT TO PROHIBIT/BAN THE IMPORTATIONIUSE OF GENERATING SETS TO CURB THE MENACE OF ENVIRONMENTAL (AIR) POLLUTION AND TO FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE POWER SECTOR
sponsor: Senator Bima, Muhammad Enagi (Niger South Senatorial District)
ENACTED By the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Prohibition/Ban on importation generating sets
Any person who
- a) Imports generating sets; or
(b) Knowingly sells generating sets shall be guilty of an offence and be liable on conviction to be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not less than ten years.
Provided that this subsection shall not apply to the importation or sale of any generating set to be used for essential services.
- Ban Excludes Essential services
(3) The ban/prohibition of generating sets shall not include generating sets used for essential services which include:
(i) Medical purposes (hospitals and nursing homes and healthcare facilities), (ii) Airports,
(iii) Railway stations/services,
(iv) Elevators (lifts)
(vi) Research Institutions, and
(-vii) such facilities that require 24 hours electric power supply:
(b) Approval for exclusion shall be obtained from the Minister in charge of Power which shall brief the Federal Executive Council quarterly on approvals granted.
- Ban on Use
All persons are hereby directed to stop the use of electricity generating sets which run on diesel/petroI/kerosene of all capacities with immediate effect in the country.
- Meaning of Generating Sets In this “Bill” generating set (Generator) means A machine that is used for producing electricity.
- Short Title
This Bill may be cited as the Generating Sets (Prohibition/Ban) Bill, 2020.
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.