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Air Pollution Fear As Nigeria Becomes Largest Importer Of Generators In The World

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March 27, 2017 – Air Pollution Fear As Nigeria Becomes Largest Importer Of Generators In The World

At least 70 million generators have been imported into the country, the Chief Executive Officer, Consistent Energy Limited, Mr Segun Adaju, has said.

Adaju told The Nation that shortatge of gas, which is the feedstock for power plants across the country, is the reason for the high incidence of generation units importation in the country..

Adaju said a research by his organisation showed that Nigeria is the net importer of generators with about 70 million generators brought in the past few years.

He said the worsening electricity situation was making Nigerians to seek solace in alternative energy supply, adding that the issue has depleted savings of many individuals and organisations.

Adaju said: ‘’Between 60 and 70 million generators of different brands and sizes have been imported into the country, in the past few years. The generators are of lower and higher voltages, depending on the needs of the owners. Besides, the generators range from the smallest to the biggest, such as Perkins and Caterpillar brand. The generators are worth billions of naira, which means that Nigerians are repatriating funds to access power.’’

He said there are health hazards caused by fumes from the generators, stressing that the issue has made people to inhale carbon monoxide, which is life-threatening.

‘’Many people have died through the inhalation of carbon monoxide arising from the use of generators. Aside this, generators cause air pollution and other environmental hazards,” he added.

Adaju, whose firm specialises in generation and provision of solar energy for individuals and communities nationwide, said Nigerians could replace their generators with solar energy and other renewables, and in return, get better and safer services.

He urged the federal and state governments to invest in solar energy and other methods of off-grid electricity for growth.

He said the intensity of the sun is high in Nigeria, urging Nigerians to leverage it to generate solar electricity for the people.

[The Nation]



  1. SOBO

    March 27, 2017 at 1:49 AM


  2. Endurance

    March 27, 2017 at 3:49 AM

    Let our leaders clap their hands for this backward and shameful achievement. In spite of the fact that hundreds of billions of naira have been allocated over the years to upgrading our already decayed power sector, many businesses have crumbled and completely liquidated due to epileptic power supply. The totally poor electricity supply has forced several reputable companies out of the country to places like ghana and other african countries thereby throwing many of our youths into joblessness and boosting other countries economy rather than ours. The cost of petrol and diesel to run the imported generators has further depleted the account of many and thrown them into bankruptcy. The air pollution due to continuous use of this alternative power supply is also a major concern as many people’s health have been adversely affected. Indeed Our leaders should cover their face in shame for this heartbreaking new report. It shows that real development to our country is still 100 years away. What a shame to Nigeria!

  3. Bench

    March 27, 2017 at 4:34 AM

    I have chooses to be happy no matter wetin APC or PDP or govment are does. Bicos they are not wanted to be making us happy for this country. Is a sabotaj to nation weyris dash Ghana electric but our own electric de only shock us but no give us light. Instead is a generator and I better pass away my nerbor we are use to have light. So it come de cause pollutment of air. It cause disease. It cause green house. It cause also black house bicos death colour is black and when somebody is die, everything is turning black. Govment no send. So I chooses to be happy bicos if I am wait make govment is making me happy, Jesus will come and go and govment is still promise to make me happy.

  4. Kevin

    March 27, 2017 at 6:21 AM

    That is a country were the sick is allowed to die so tell me who care about air pollution all that matter to them is the treasury, oil block,and killing. God have mercy on your children.

  5. James

    March 27, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    If it is easy for our leaders to import chemical weapon to kill all of us, they will do it, our leaders who don’t have shame, our leaders who are not concerned about its citizen, it is only in Nigeria that the killings of innocent people are justified either in the name of religion or political party differences, it only in this country the leaders don’t say anything if herdsmen kill all of us in one day , they never come on TV and say we are sorry ,it is only in this country that citizen are treated like dead chicken, but one day God will reward them all with their evil no matter where they belong, it will not save them. just to get a light for the Nigerian masses, it is war, yes, some of them will like to visit North Korea to buy biological weapon just to kill its citizen, import more Generators so that your generation will suffer the effect, may God Lord save the poor and innocent Nigerian citizen

  6. Jilo

    March 27, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    This is a mind boggling issue to me personally because of its negative consequence in lives of many innocent Nigerians that at stake. The different between we Black people and the White counterparts is the way we reason. We so focus our attention on money and the kind of enjoyment we can derive in having a lot of it while white people focus on how to use money for the betterment of their people and their society at large.

    It is not that we cannot have a clean and renewable energy in Nigeria but the love of money and selfish idea of our people especially those in the leadership position have turned our situation from bad to worst. The people are not interested about quality of lives of many of us are living in as much they can have enough money to take care of themselves and their family members.

    Apart from denigrating us as a giant of Africa, this selfish act has contributed greatly to our increasing in death rate. Nigerians are just seeing generator as a cheap item that can quickly solve the problem of our epileptic power but the effect of this generator outweigh its benefit. Our Ozone system is so bad now that if care is not taken, people will continue to die of undiagnosed diseases if special measure is not taken to address this problem.

    There should be a total ban on these devices that emit 90% of carbon dioxide in Nigeria. There should be restriction in using Bikes(Okada) and Tri-Cycle but right now our major problem is our excessive use of generators. There are lot of diseases that can emanate from using generator such as Asthma, Lung disease, Blood Clot, Heart disease, Emphysema, COPD and death. The Country that sells Generator does not use them They only ship them to third world Countries.

    The issue of green house gas emission has been taken seriously by most of advance Nations that, they are now building low carbon emission cars or clean energy cars. These are the cars that emit little carbon monoxide in the air because of its impart in humanity.

  7. mulikat

    March 27, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Allocateing upon Aloocateing, at end only Generator naija people have, where is the billions of dollars, spend no light, in some part of naija, over 6 month no light for 10mint. useless country, common Ghana and Niger they have light 24 0 7 for over 10 years now, they have security, good roads and jobs,that reason their economic is moveing faster than naija.Generator gives naija Canser cos is bad chemical pollution comeing out from it,that gives all kinds of canser,my God ,if i come back to this world if their is 2 world,and am black , i dont want to be naija, i want to be Ghana or another gud african country,must important i want to be western europe country, where things work in positive way.

  8. Lola O

    March 27, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Not only death through inhaling toxic pollutants in the air caused by generators, what about all the deaths from generators exploding in people’s faces or petrol placed inside homes? My friend’s sister in law and three children died through explosion of petrol can many years ago. There is no one person that can fix Nigeria. How can one person be trying to fix what another 40 million are willfully destroying? What magical formula can make the country right under such conditions? The generator importers are making money at the expense of the health of their fellow country men, women and children, but don’t care – as long as the musicians keep praising them with the filthy money they spray at parties. Any move to improve electricity production or infrastructure is blocked by those profiting from the sad saga of Nigeria. What is the usefulness of money without good health? Nigerian leaders have no shame or dignity. Tell me one thing that works in Nigeria, except fraud. Good luck, guys.

  9. subtile

    March 28, 2017 at 4:25 PM

    big shame to federal government of Nigeria,for letting people of Nigerian to accept the faith that nothing possitive can be done to bring stable supply of electricity to the country.check how you people are enjoying this each time you travel abroad,buth you refuse to let poor citizen get atleast this piece,why,the tears of the poor shall ask for revenge one day.

  10. ade eagle

    March 28, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    may God punish all the corrupt bastards who stole all the money from the government they put us in this mess

  11. ade eagle

    March 28, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    all our leaders are thieves that is why we are in that mess they dont care if all Nigerians die of lung cancer from the air pollution and they know how to rush abroad for medical treatment

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