OrderPaperToday – A member of the House of Representatives, Henry Archibong (PDP, Akwa Ibom) has accused generator dealers of vandalizing electricity infrastructure in the country to ensure poor power supply.
This way, according to him, they guarantee high patronage of their services at the expense of Nigerian lives.
Archibong made the allegation while commenting on a motion raised to examine the high death toll from environmental pollution caused by generator fumes in Nigeria. The motion was raised by Emmanuel Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom).
Archibong, in his remarks, noted that for the government to solve this problem, there must be an improvement in power supply, saying that “those people selling generators are vandalizing power infrastructure knowing that if the government is unable to meet up with power supply, then they can sell their generators.”
While moving the motion, Akpan noted that there have been several recorded deaths caused by generator fumes. He also revealed that many families have died as a result of this.
He said that one of such incidents occurred on the 30th of June 2017 in the Rumuomasi community in Rivers State, when a couple and four children were suffocated to death by generator fumes in their apartment.
He then went on to condemn the Federal Government for the lack of proactive measures put against this environmental hazard.
According to him, “despite the numerous incidents of deaths resulting from the use of generators, the Federal Government has not taken adequate measures to totally eliminate or substantially reduce the occurrence of the incidents.”
The House then resolved to urge the Federal Government to intensify its efforts toward providing adequate power supply for Nigerian citizens, in order to ensure a drastic reduction in the use of generators in Nigerian homes.
The House also asked the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the National Electricity Management and Services Agency (NEMSA), Ministry of Information and Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to jointly carry out public enlightenment campaigns on how to use generators safely.
The House also mandated its Committees on Power and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance and report back within six weeks for further legislative action.