seeking to ban the sale and use of power generating sets referred to as ”generators” in the country has scale through to second reading in the Senate.
The bill introduced on Wednesday by Bima Enagi, a lawmaker from Niger south is pushing for a sweeping ban on importation and use of all kinds of generators while proposing a sentence of at least 10 years for anyone caught importing or selling the power sets.
This is despite that scores of Nigerians depend on generators for electricity generation in their homes and businesses as a result of erratic power supply.
TheCable reports that a copy of the bill states that anybody who: “Imports generating sets; or 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”.
It added that all persons are hereby directed to “stop the use of electricity generating sets which run on diesel/petrol/kerosene of all capacities with immediate effect in the country”.
The bill, however, exempts generating sets used for “essential services”.
It defined essential services to include medical purposes (hospitals and nursing homes and healthcare facilities), airports and railway stations/ services.
Also listed as essential services are elevators, escalators, research institutions and such facilities that require 24 hours electric power supply.
It added that the approval for exclusion shall be obtained from the Minister of power