Improve power supply, rescue Nigerians from generator-related deaths – Reps

The House of Representatives on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to intensify effort toward improving electricity supply in the country to reduce usage of power generators in homes.

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This was sequel to a motion by Rep. Emmanuel Akpan (Akwa/Ibom-PDP) on the “need to address recurring cases of deaths caused by generator fumes in Nigeria.’’

Moving the motion, Akpan explained that over the years, there had been reported cases of deaths allegedly caused by generator fumes, often resulting in the killing of family members.

He recalled an incident which occurred on June 30, 2017 in Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt, where a couple and four children were suffocated to death by generator fumes in their apartment.

According to Akpan, many cases of deaths resulting from generator fumes were not reported in spite an alarming increase in deaths arising from the use of the generating sets.

He decried what he described as “failure’’ of Federal Government to take adequate steps toward addressing the issue in spite of increasing number of deaths associated with generators.

In his contribution, Rep. Segun Adekola (Ekiti-PDP) said that the chemical from the generator fumes was a silent killer which had sent many people to graves early.

The motion was unanimously adopted when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.

The House, therefore, urged the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), National Electricity Management and Services Agency (NEMSA), Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and Ministry of Information to jointly carry out public enlightenment on safe use of power generators.

The lawmakers also mandated the Committee on Power and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance with the resolution and report back within six weeks. (NAN)

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17 Comments

  1. Na today?…..I wonder what it would take, or how long it would take for our OBODO, to finally get constant power supply. Does it even bother those responsible? The talk don too much oooh #WEWANTLIGHT#

  2. We hope dey listen and take proper action concerning electricity issue in dis country…. Whrnever campaign is going on, d first thing dey mention is giving d citizens 24 hours electricity, after winning d election, nah suffering remain.

  3. Make dem improve power supply nd ban generator,datz wat akpan is telling dem but instead dey are enligthening pple on d safe use of generator.

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