The Senate has proposed a bill to criminalise the importation, purchase and use of power generating sets in Nigeria.
The bill which was sponsored by Senator Bima Muhammad Enagi, is tagged: “A bill for an act to prohibit/ban the importation/use of generating sets to curb the menace of environmental pollution and facilitate the development of the power sector.
It stated that anyone that imports generators shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to 10 years imprisonment. It, however, creates exemptions for some critical sectors and institutions of the country that require 24-hour power supply.
The ban and prohibition of generating sets shall not include generating sets used for essential services, which include medical purposes, hospitals and nursing homes and healthcare facilities, airports, railway stations and services, elevators, escalators, research institutions, and such facilities that require 24 hours electric power supply.
The bill prescribes that an approval for exclusion shall be obtained from the minister in charge of power, which shall brief the Federal Executive Council quarterly on approvals granted.