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FG bans Import of Cheap “I better pass my neighbour” Generators



dreamstime_s_41000875In May, the Federal Government revealed only 5 out of 23 of Nigeria’s power plants generate electricity.

Electricity was better in the peak of rainy season, after the swearing-in, in fact, setting record highs of production. Now, the public supply of electricity is ‘back to normal’ or worse in some places.

However, the federal government has decided to ban the importation of small generators.

These fuel generators are small and low-cost, and are usually called “Tiger” or “I better pass my neighbour” because they make a lot of noise.

Speaking on the ban, Controller, Federation Operations Unit Zone A, Lagos of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Madugu Sanni Jubrin said it is because of air and noise pollution.

“The smaller generators have been banned by the Federal Government because it is causing air pollution and destruction of our lungs and breathing system. That is why they have banned it but people are still interested in smuggling them in, that is why we intercepted them”.

“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.

“We will not relent in our efforts. When we see any prohibited item, we will seize, arrest the people and we will allow the law court to take decision on prosecuting them. So it is better for them to stop smuggling than to continue when they know Customs will catch up with them.”

According to him, the command confiscated 4,733 goods worth N52 million and arrested some suspected smugglers since he assumed duties one week ago.

Photo Credit: Sharplaninac | | Source: Daily Trust



  1. Beeeee

    November 19, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Are you going to give them light as you are banning the generators? Do you think a man living in darkness cares about air or noise pollution? When you ban it, what is the alternative for people who cannot afford the more expensive generators. Clapping for the generator cabals…dont laugh at me o, I know they exist. What rubbish! Gerrarahere mehn…..

  2. The Buttery Hotness

    November 19, 2015 at 11:03 am

    FG, here’s an idea: why don’t you give us uninterrupted supply of electricity?

  3. Josh

    November 19, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    That we even have to buy these generators and that their importation is a huge business is a disgrace to our government.
    These generators would still find their way into this country, it’d just become costlier, and who would bear the brunt? The poor, as usual.

  4. kilipot

    November 19, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    What’s with the noise all of a sudden?single stoke engine generator aka I pass my neigbhour has been banned for about 3 years now. Why is the media just knowing ?*shrugs*

  5. Ms jazz

    November 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I hope you have a solution to the light problem if you’re going to ban these smaller generators because not everybody can afford big ones?? I am tired of our leaders

  6. zizi

    November 19, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Its like these people are on a deliberate mission to make the masses suffer…no fuel, no light, no they’ve banned these generators which will automatically drive up the price of the remaining units people have for we won’t even be able to afford them…what did we ever do to deserve this? ?

  7. Sadia

    November 21, 2015 at 5:10 am

    See their mouth like ban ,shameless people.Give us constant elecrticity ,if we had power supply ki lo kan wa,what’s our own with generators?Instead of them to solve the cause of the generator problem,they are banning the solution the people have managed to come up with.If they really want to ban it,make the better generators affordable for all na…mschew Nigeria still has a long way to go mehn,we’re stilll deceiving ourselves

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