A suggestion put forward by Senator Francis Fadahunsi, to enforce a five-year ban on generator importation has been rejected by the Nigerian Senate.
The suggestion was rejected after Senate President, Ahmed Lawan subjected the matter to a voice vote, while the house deliberated on a motion sponsored by Senator Chukwuka Utazi. The motion was on the need to address Nigeria’s electricity woes.
Failure of the lawmakers to accept the idea led the Senate to task its Committee on Power to look into the matter of erratic power supply in Nigeria. The Senate also tasked the committee to examine the activities of power generating and distribution companies in Nigeria. The decision to ban generator sets was once successful in 2015 when the Federal Government banned the importation of the most commonly used type of generating set in Nigeria popularly known as “I better pass my neighbour.”
According to the Comptroller then, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federation Operations Unit Zone A, Lagos, Madugu Sanni Jubrin at the time, the reason for the ban was health-related.
“The smaller generators have been banned by the Federal Government because it is causing air pollution and destruction of our lungs and breathing system,” he said.
Business owners and individuals in Nigeria spend about $12 billion fueling generators annually. Furthermore, it was disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s office was expected to spend N46 million in fueling generators in 2019 alone.