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New Bill Proposes Jail Terms For Importers, Sellers, Users Of Generators



Bima Enagi, senator representing Niger south, has introduced a bill seeking to ban the importation, selling and use of generators in Nigeria.  The bill has, however, passed its first reading at plenary on Wednesday.  The bill states that anyone who imports or sells generators into the country may go to prison for at least ten years.  It 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” — such as those for medical purposes (hospitals and nursing homes and healthcare facilities), airports and railway stations/ services. For 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. 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” — such as those for medical purposes (hospitals and nursing homes and healthcare facilities), airports and railway stations/ services.  For 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.
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