By Godson Ikiebey-
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, has said as an oil producing country, Nigeria ought to frustrate the sale of electric cars.
Senate Ekweremadu said this, while contributing to a debate on a bill seeking to phase out petrol vehicles and introduce electric cars by 2035.
According to him, such a move is against the interest of the country.
He argued that there was no need of a law mandating Nigerians to use electric cars since the constitution has a provision for freedom of movement.
He commended Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, sponsor of the bill, for his “uncommon common sense and brilliant ideas”, but said Nigeria would be disadvantaged “in economic sense” as the country needed to sell its crude oil.
Senator 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. This will enable us to sell our oil”.
The bill was roundly criticised by other senators and at the end, Senator Murray-Bruce was forced to withdraw the bill.