Sen Ike Ekweremadu disapproved of electric cars as it hinders Nigerian oil sales


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The senate rejected a bill aimed at phasing out petrol-using cars in the country. Find out who presented the bill and the controversy it generated!

A bill intended to phase out petrol-using cars was rejected by the senate last Wednesday.

The bill which was sponsored by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was aimed at mandating electric cars for use in the country by 2035.

Presenting the bill to his colleagues, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce who hails from Bayelsa State stated the implications of cars using petrol in regard to global warming and pollution. He said that, as a result of these, developed countries were already moving away from using petrol cars. Speaking further, Senator Bruce argued that electric cars had no negative effect on the ozone layer, and were economical and healthy.

>>> You can check details of the bill and Nigerian reactions to it here: How Nigerians react to Senator Been Bruce's electric car bill


The senate had finally withdrawn the controversial bill

Kicking against the bill, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was of the opinion that, being an oil producing nation, sale of electric cars should be frustrated in the country.

The bill generated debate in the hallowed chamber with several senators stating their reasons for being against the bill.

Ike Ekweremadu acknowledged Senator Bruce’s “uncommon common sense and brilliant ideas,” and went on to state that, in line with the ancillary to Section 41 of the 1999 Constitution, Nigerians have the freedom of movement. Hence, it is not possible to introduce a law that will limit their mode of movement to electric cars.

“Besides, in economic sense, we are an oil producing country. So, we should do everything possible to frustrate the sale of electric cars in Nigeria to enable us to sell our oil,”

Ekweremadu added.


Sen Ike Ekweremadu points out the impracticality of the bill

Debating on the bill, Senator Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano), said that, although electric cars were eco-friendly and good for the health, enforcing their use in the country was not feasible.

“We have to look at individual net-worth. Not all Nigerians can afford the vehicles at a given time."

The bill was ultimately withdrawn by Murray-Bruce.

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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