A bill has been proposed in the Senate to sentence anyone who imports or knowingly sells generating sets in the country, to a 10-year jail term.
Sponsored by Senator Muhammad Bima from Niger State, the proposed legislation titled ‘Generating Set (Prohibition/Ban) Bill 2020’, on Wednesday, passed its first reading.
According to the sponsor, its purpose is to curb the menace of environmental pollution which leads to potential health hazards to the population.
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The bill, however, does not apply to the importation or sale of any generating set to be used for essential services which includes hospitals and nursing homes, airports, railway stations, elevators and research institutions or such facilities that require 24 hours electric power supply.
It further states that approval for exclusion shall be obtained from the Minister in charge of Power who shall brief the Federal Executive Council quarterly on approvals granted.
Four children have lost their lives after inhaling poisonous carbon-monoxide fume expelled from a generator that powered their house.
The incident was said to have occurred on Saturday at Aghoro II community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The kids – Lucky, Ebitimi, Ruth London, and their cousin Ebi Binasoudei, had just finished writing their second term examination and awaiting their results before the tragedy.
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Channels Television gathered that the generator, which had just been purchased, was kept next to the children’s room without a blockade.
The generator was said to have rolled to the unlocked door while it was on, cause its fume to fill the airtight room where the children had slept.
The fathers of the children, Demedogha London and Stephen Binasuode, spoke about what happened while residents called for increased electricity supply in the community.
Barely one week after the discovery of illegal cement factory at Zango in Ogaminana in Adavi local government area of Kogi state, another illegal cement factory has been discovered by the police command in Aku village along Lokoja-Okene road.
The factory which was located in the bush about 600 meters from main road is being used for repackaging of adulterated cement.
The state commissioner of police, Mr Mohammed Katsina who conducted ChannelsTV round the factory, said the second illegal cement factory was uncovered through the intelligence report of the security personnel who had placed surveillance in the area.
Katsina explained that the syndicate who buys Dangote cement in large quantity will divert the trucks into the bush were the original cement are mixed up with sand before they will be re-bagged for the public to buy.
Adebayo said that he came from Osun state, adding that he was linked up with Baba Ayo who brought them to the factory and trained them.
He pointed out that they were paid N30 per bag, stating that the can only afford to re-bag 40 bags per day and he informed that the business was about re-bagging of cement.
Items found at the store of the big factory are one generating set to generate power, about 25 bags of re-bagged cement with fake Dangote bags, several fake empty bags with inscription of Portland cement, Dangote Cement, Gboko Plant, Funnels and other useful materials.