The senator representing Bayelsa East, Ben Murray-Bruce has said that the Nigerian Senate “must pass” his bill on the use of electric cars in the country.
The Senate had since thrown the bill away on the argument that Nigerians should be allowed to join the use of electric cars at their economic pace and not by compulsion.
The Senate has also claimed that the bill fell short of the requirements of order 77 of the Senate standing order because it fails to state ‘financial implications’ of the brand of car in question.
But Bruce, who had earlier said that his colleagues showed they do not belong to the 21st century by rejecting the bill, insisted in a statement on his Twitter handle that the Senate had no choice than to eventually pass the bill.
He said, “At some point, the @NGRSenate must pass my bill for Use of Electric Cars in Nigeria. They don’t have a choice. And this is why. Watch!”
The bill according to Bruce would serve two major purposes should it be passed.
First, “Combustion engine cars have continued to cause deaths through uncontrolled pollution. Secondly, we have been spending over N1 trillion annually subsidising fuel in this country; introducing electric cars, fuel subsidy will automatically be gone and those funds will be used for infrastructure and education,” he had said.
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