- Two bills seeking to phase out petrol cars in 2035 and allow other Africans to get Nigerian citizenship, has been rejected by the Senate
- The bills were sponsored by the lawmaker representing Bayelsa East in the Senate, Ben Murray-Bruce
- Reacting to the bill on phasing out petrol cars, a lawmaker said considering the economic power of Nigerians, that kind of law will be highly unwise
The Senate on Wednesday, April 17, rejected a bill that wants to stop the using of petrol cars and introduce electric cars in Nigeria by the year 2035.
Senators also rejected another separate bill that wanted to allow other Africans to get Nigerian citizenship, Daily Trust reports.
The two bills were separately sponsored by Senator Murray-Bruce representing Bayelsa under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Murray Bruce said that the fumes from petrol cars cause pollution and that several developed countries had phased it out because they contribute to global warming.
Senator Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano), however, said that there is no need for a law that would force Nigerians to abandon petrol cars for petrol vehicles at a particular period. He said that considering the economic power of Nigerians, that kind of law will be highly unwise.
The deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu also kicked against the bill, adding that it would affect Nigeria’s economy as an oil producing nation. He said: “We cannot sit here as a parliament and do a legislation to encourage something that will kill our own business as a nation.”
On the bill on Nigerian citizenship, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi) said the solution to that is already in sections 25, 26 and 27 of the constitution.
Senator Dino Melaye also rejected the citizenship bill, saying it would only create more problems for Nigerians and cause overpopulation.
Murray Bruce refused withdrawing his bill as advised by his colleagues in the Senate.
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Senate President Bukola Saraki finally put it to a voice vote where the majority of the senators voted against the bill.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Senate majority leader, Ahmed Lawan, dismissed insinuations in some quarters the Senate will become a rubber-stamp body to President Muhammadu Buhari if he emerges the Senate president in the incoming 9th National Assembly.
Lawan, who spoke on Tuesday, April 16 in Abuja while playing host to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress Youth Forum, said the principle of separation of powers does not necessarily entail adversarial relationship among the three arms of government.
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