Stop the Generator Ban Bill by the Nigerian Senate

Stop the Generator Ban Bill by the Nigerian Senate

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Michael Ekpo started this petition to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Jeria and

When I heard that the upper chamber of the Nigerian National House of Assembly had just proposed a bill to stop the importation and sale of gas generators, I could not resist the impulse to appeal to this honorable commission to step in and help the powerless population of common Nigerians who use generators as the only existing alternative to commercial electricity that they have not seen for decades despite the huge revenue that the Nigerian government has made from the sale of crude since the oil boom. Nigeria should not be talking about electricity at this time in the twenty-first century, but it is quite appalling that the status quo is far behind what existed before the industrial revolution because our politicians have funneled the proceeds of the oil sector into Swiss bank accounts and private vaults which they have used to amass inexhaustible wealth for themselves and their families leaving a population of 200 million citizens to find crude means to survive in a modern world where the speed of technological advancement is continually outpacing almost every possible human imagination.   

An average Nigerian who is perhaps in his forties right now has never seen up to an average of 2 hours of electricity in a single day throughout his life, yet, he is at the receiving end of the malpractices that have defined the epileptic sector for years. Any Nigerian who is hooked up to Nigeria’s lifeless grid is a victim of violent abuse and assault from the police and military-backed electricity officials who have utilized every questionable means to extort money from innocent and unsuspecting Nigerians for services that they have not been given.

For decades, Nigerians have suffered so much from the imposition of fixed-rate policy which compels them to pay a fixed amount each month to corrupt electricity agents or risk having their connections severed and still forced to pay everything in arrears including the period when they were disconnected should they consider rejoining the so-called national grid. The National Assembly knew all these but instead chose to remain indifferent to the plight of those who wasted their votes in electing them to their official capacities apparently for no other reason than high profile involvement in the scheme to rob Nigerians of their meager earnings. Now, they are coming forth with another spurious bill that will have a multiplier effect on unemployment and insecurity in the country.

Many Nigerians rely on gas generators as the only source of power for their small businesses and homes. Some have found employment in selling, installing and repairing these life-saving engines. It is therefore clear to any reasonable and normal thinking person that if the bill goes into effect in the absence of a live grid, the whole chain of economic activities that revolve around the generator industry will collapse thereby sending millions of Nigerians out of jobs and possibly into crime.

Nigerians are very industrious people and that is a fact that cannot be disputed. If you give them a sustainable and uninterrupted electricity supply, they will use it to apply their skills to meet most economic demands that can raise the bar on the country’s gross domestic income. But because our country’s lawmakers have the thinking faculty that aligns with that of a mouse, these potentials are going to suffer at the expense of millions of young Nigerians who are busy looking for work.

The Nigerian government will stop at nothing to infringe on the rights of the common citizens. Therefore, we cannot afford to watch these political morons in parachute-designed apparel rip our country apart with make-believes and bogus bills. I am, therefore, urging everyone who means well for the young generation of Nigerians to sign the petition to stop these people from their evil course. 

Thank you all

Michael Ekpo

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