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What you should know about the generator ban bill in senate

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Bima Enagi, a senator representing Niger south under the All Progressive Congress introduced a bill to proposes to ban the importation of Generators in the country.
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” was one of the bills read on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, 11 March, 2020.

Details of the bill
The bill has stated that areas of critical infrastructure are expected from this bill. This includes:
Medical purposes (hospitals, nursing homes and healthcare facilities)
Airports
Railway Stations/services
Elevator(lifts)
Escalators
Research institutions
Facilities that require 24 hour electricity supply
“Approval for an exclusion shall, however, be obtained from the Minister in charge of power, who shall brief the Federal executive council quarterly on approvals granted”.
The bill also directs all persons to stop the use of generating sets which run on diesel/petrol/kerosine of all capacities with immediate effect in the country”.
The bill also seeks for punishment of offenders who sell generators to be imprisoned for a period of not less than ten (10) years
The bill has sparked a lot of reactions from Nigerians, both positive and negative.

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