A bill to prohibit the importation or use of power generating sets has been introduced in the Senate.
Niger South Senatorial District lawmaker, Senator Bima Enagi, introduced a bill seeking a ban on importation of generators and jail term for its sellers.
The lawmaker on Wednesday March 11, 2020, proposed at least ten years imprisonment for any person who knowingly sells generator sets.
The bill which passed its first reading in the senate chamber, seeks to impose a 10 year jail term on generator sellers and is aimed at curbing the menace of environmental (air) pollution and facilitating the development of the power sector.
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,” reads in part;
“ 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.
“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.
“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.”
The bill however exempted the use of generating sets for essential services which include:
- MEDICAL PURPOSES (HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES AND HEALTHCARE FACILITIES).
- RAILWAY STATIONS/SERVICES.
- ELEVATORS (LIFTS).
- RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS
- FACILITIES THAT REQUIRE 24 HOURS ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY.
It further directed that:
“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.”
Lawmakers are expected to debate on the bill which came four months after the Senate rejected a resolution to temporarily ban the importation of generators.
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