The Senate has rejected a invoice looking for to part out using petrol-powered automobiles in Nigeria and undertake these powered by electrical energy.
The invoice was sponsored by Senator representing Bayelsa East, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce.
Within the invoice, the lawmaker had argued that it will be cheaper to make use of electric-powered automobiles than the present petrol automobiles being utilized in Nigeria.
Bruce famous that Nigeria has been spending over N1 trillion Naira subsidizing petrol utilization in Nigeria.
He argued that with electrical automobiles, gasoline subsidy can be a factor of the previous.
Based on the lawmaker, industrialised nations have already begun phasing out petrol automobiles.
He argued, “Combustion engine automobiles have continued to trigger deaths by means of uncontrolled air pollution,” mentioned Mr Murray-Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa East).
“Secondly, now we have been spending over N1 trillion yearly subsidising gasoline on this nation.
“By introducing electrical automobiles, gasoline subsidy will routinely be gone and people funds will likely be used for infrastructure and training.”
The lawmaker additional defined that sustaining electrical automobiles is cheaper than sustaining petrol-powered automobiles.
“To cost your electrical automobiles, all of the filling stations will likely be changed with photo voltaic charging stations.
“Fortunately, this nation is blessed with daylight 365 days in a yr.
“Electrical automobiles are outselling petrol automobiles as witnessed in Norway a number of weeks in the past. It makes extra sense to construct Nigeria’s largest energy plant than refineries.”
Nevertheless, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Andrew Uchendu, and Senator Jibrin Barau who opposed the invoice, famous that Nigerians shouldn’t be compelled to make use of what might develop into above their imply.
Barau famous that Nigeria needn’t make any legislation compelling Nigerians to make use of electrical automobiles following the financial challenges many Nigerians are going through.
He mentioned, “Making it necessary that everybody ought to resort to utilizing electrical automobiles at a given day just isn’t possible.”
For Ekweremadu, “We can not sit right here as a parliament and do a laws to encourage one thing that can kill our personal enterprise as a nation.”
In his reacting, Bruce mentioned the lawmakers have nonetheless not migrated into the 21st century however are nonetheless residing previously and have been left behind by developments within the vehicle and technological world.
“I would like my colleagues to shut their eyes and dream they’re within the 21st century. In a number of years time, combustion engine automobiles will not be manufactured. For the sake of my colleagues, I’ll withdraw the invoice. You don’t belong to the 21st century and I perceive.”