Poor and low income earners, who cannot afford the cost of big generators may have to brace up for tougher times as the Nigerian government has banned the importation of the small size of generators popularly known as “I pass my neighbor”.
This size of generator is commonly used by small business owners, rural dwellers and students among others, due to its affordable price and low fuel consumption.
Announcing the decision to ban the importation of small generators, the Comptroller, Federation Operations Unit Zone A, Lagos of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Madugu Sanni Jubrin, said its widespread use has contributed in no small measure to air pollution and inhalation-related problems.
“The smaller generators have been banned by the Federal Government because it is causing air pollution and destruction of our lungs and breathing system”, Mr. Jubrin told reporters on Tuesday.
He, however, explained that the ban only affected those bringing in the small-sized generators in large quantities for resale, not those importing them in single unit for personal use.
“If you go to the market, you still see them because people have imported them before the ban. So it is the leftover they had before the ban that they are selling because the law did not backdate the ban and it is not an absolute prohibition.
“It is prohibition by trade which means you cannot bring it in large quantity and sell to the public. That is the type of prohibition we have on this but if you buy one piece, Customs will not seize it”, he explained.