NESREA: Nigerians spend N1.6trl on generators yearly

About 60 million Nigerians invest N1.6 trillion to buy and maintain standby generators  yearly, the Director-General, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Lawrence Anukam,  said yesterday.

Speaking during a media briefing in Abuja to announce the implementation of the National Generator Emission Control Programme (NGECP) which is expected to begin in January with Abuja as a pilot study, Anukam said the aim of the programme is to control the emission originating from generating sets used in the country.

According to him, the target is to see that Nigerians use functional, non polluting generating set as alternative source of energy.

He said: “Recent statistics from the Centre for Management Development revealed that an estimated 60 million Nigerians invest about N1.6 trillion to purchase and maintain standby generators annually.

“The National Generator Emission Control Programme (NGECP) is a strategy aimed at cutting down emission of pollutants from generators. The programme is being implemented under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) and will involve periodic testing of generators for toxic emissions.”

Anukam said air pollution, emanating from either vehicular or generating sets, remained a major challenge in the country.

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He explained that the United Nations (UN), World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international agencies had long identified urban air pollutions as one of the critical public health problems.

Anukam said: “Many cities around the world, particularly in developing countries like Nigeria, are experiencing rapid growth. Yet, in the absence of adequate environmental policy and action, this growth is occurring at considerable, and often increasing, economic and social costs.

“The increase in population and economic development has escalated the proliferations of industries, use of motor vehicles and use of generators as alternative energy sources has led to the prevalent worldwide air pollutions situation which poses a serious environmental threat globally.

“Atmospheric pollution is gradually becoming a serious menace in Nigerian cities, especially in the metropolitan areas, where the use of power generating sets has become an alternative to power supply.”

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  1. This is very true because there is no stable electricity

  2. This money could have been saved if only the government is committed to regular electricity

  3. Our government should do more in the power sector then we wouldn’t be over dependent on generators

  4. this is caused as a result of government failure in power provision

  5. Before a country can develop,it needs to solve the problem of power supply.

  6. Nigeria should do something about this electricity of a thing. We are really lacking

  7. Well it is not our fault….we lack electrical power

  8. they should just help us find something to do about this electricity problem

  9. If the government want to control the use of generator and be successful in it then they will have to work on the power sector.

  10. The government have to focus on this electricity problem before any other budget can be carry on

  11. That might be true because the electricity is not stable.

  12. Just like in my home, we spends #1000 every day for fueling our generator,and we pays NEPA bill monthly

  13. They should make the electricity supply stable to avoid unnecessary investment in other nations product and improve our economy

  14. And we think the cabal of the generator business will want our electricity to be regular

  15. That’s absurd,we are in great problem

  16. The amount of current wee dey come my side no dey carry my fridge, I tire for this country

  17. That is the state of our power sector

  18. When Buhari fixes power, all these would not be needed.

  19. This is quite much and its a lot of money. Assuming our power supply was stable, there wont be a need for that

  20. That is a massive amount of money

  21. That is a very unfornate and bad to our economy

  22. That’s is what the PHCN irregularities have subjected us to.

  23. Even thier staff are collecting money and diverting it

  24. That’s because there is electricity

  25. Nigeria Is Lagging Behind When It Comes To Power Supply.

  26. I think it will be more than that. To me, there is no power

  27. What do you expect when our government is not providing 247hrs light I personal spend more 15k for petrol

  28. Imagine if we have steady light in this country

  29. We really need to diversify our power generation not only kainji and some other coal plants should be used

  30. Wonderful…we are really spending Money ooo

  31. Government should try to upgrade our electricity

  32. We Nigerians we need to pray about this electricity of a thing oh

  33. I do not have doubt about it, i know personally how much we spent on fuel

  34. Our power supply is very poor this days,things needs to be done.

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