The senator representing Bayelsa East, Ben Murray-Bruce has blasted Nigerian lawmakers, saying they are moving in the opposite direction with the world.
In a recent interview with BBC Pidgin which he posted on his Twitter account on Monday, Murray-Bruce said his fellow senators are making Nigeria the laughing stock of the world.
Last month, the lawmaker was forced to withdraw a bill seeking to relinquish petrol vehicles and authorise the use of electric vehicles by 2035 due to overwhelming opposition from other lawmakers.
He accused lawmakers of being short-sighted to see the benefits of the bill, adding that Nigeria will become the world’s dumping ground for petrol vehicles because the Senate is moving in the opposite direction of the world.
He said, “Nigeria is really the laughing stock of the world because of my colleagues who cannot function in the 21st century. “Nigerian Senate Is Moving In Opposite Direction With World-
“An electric car is very efficient. Towards your driving, it tells you how many miles you have left. Full charge, about a hundred miles. You see how simple it is? But my colleagues in the Senate, who are in the stone age, don’t understand this.
“Our politicians are moving in the opposite direction. Whether they like it or not, the world will move towards electric cars. That is the way of the future.
“You replace your petrol station with solar-powered charging stations. Any time you wanted to charge your car, you go to the gas station, and you supercharge 30 minutes, you get a hundred miles of charge. How many people drive a hundred miles, 150 kilometres a day?
“Nigeria spends over a trillion naira every year subsidizing petrol. If they listen to me, they will be conscious of what we have and what we can benefit from this technology.
“If they don’t, they will be left behind and Nigeria will be a third world country forever. So they have a choice. Either way, I win, they lose.”
Opposing the electric car bill in April, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West – PDP), said it would negatively affect Nigeria’s economy as an oil-producing country.
“We cannot sit here as a parliament and do legislation to encourage something that will kill our own business as a nation,” he said.