Ike Ekweremadu Suggests We Frustrate Sale Of Electric Cars In Nigeria
It is amazing that while the world is embracing the latest innovative electric cars, and while some countries have started replacing their petrol cars with the electric ones, Nigeria is instead planning to frustrate and stop the sale of electric cars.
According to Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Nigeria should frustrate sale of electric cars, as an oil producing country. “This will enable us to sell our oil,”
Ekweremadu argued this at the Plenary session, where the senators debated a bill sponsored by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East). Murray-Bruce had sponsored a bill for an Act to phase out petrol vehicles by 2035 and introduce electric cars, saying that electric cars are healthy, economical and would not deplete the ozone layer.
“In no distant time, combustible vehicles would be phased out; and the earlier Nigeria buys into the change, the better.
“I own an electric car that I have been using for the past five years. It is cheaper to maintain and durable,” the senator added.
The bill created a huge debate in the hallowed chamber, as each senator aired reasons for the rejection of the bill.
Ike Ekweremadu in his submission, commended Murray-Bruce for his “uncommon common sense and brilliant ideas,” but noted that the ancillary to Section 41 of the 1999 Constitution grants Nigerians freedom of movement; and that there is no need to introduce a law to mandate the use of electric cars.
Continuing, Ekweremadu said, “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.”
Senator Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano), agreed that while electric vehicles would no doubt be more friendly to the environment and health, making its use mandatory was not feasible.
“We have to look at individual net worth. Not all Nigerians can afford the vehicles at a given time.
“We all know the importance of vehicles in our daily activities. So, banning use of fuel cars will
cause hardship, particularly for those who may not be able to acquire electric cars. Murray-Bruce eventually withdrew the bill