Nigeria now a laughing stock because of stone age senators - Ben Bruce

Nigeria now a laughing stock because of stone age senators - Ben Bruce

- Senator Murray-Bruce has scolded his colleagues due to their rejection of his electric car bill

- The senator said Nigeria has become a laughing stock due to inability of the senators to function in the 21st century

- According to the lawmaker, the country spends over a trillion naira every year subsidising petrol

Ben Murray-Bruce, senator representing Bayelsa East, has accused his colleagues of heading towards opposite direction over their rejection of his electric car bill, saying Nigeria has become the laughing stock of the world.

In an interview with BBC Pidgin, Bruce disclosed his stand on electric cars. He described it as the future. The senator was seen driving an electric car in a video posted on his Twitter page.

He said: "Nigeria is really the laughing stock of the world because of my colleagues who cannot function in the 21st century. An electric car is very efficient.

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"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 do not understand this.

“Our politicians are moving in the opposite direction. Whether they like it or not, the world will move towards electrical cars. That is the way of the future. Combusting engine cars are inefficient. Today, nobody in his right mind will build a factory to make combusting engine cars.

“We will end up being the dumping ground of the world because the world is moving in one direction, the Nigerian senate is moving in the opposite direction. You replace your petrol station with solar powered charging stations.

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"Anytime you wanted to charge your car, you go to the gas station, and you charge your super charge 30 minutes, you get a hundred miles of charge. How many people drive a hundred miles, one (hundred and) fifty kilometers a day?

"Nigeria spends over a trillion naira every year subsidizing petrol. If they listen to me, they will be cautious 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.”

See the video below:

Recall that the Senate on Wednesday, April 17, rejected the Bill for an Act to phase out petrol vehicles by 2035 and introduce electric cars. The lawmakers noted the impossibility of mandating Nigerians to stop the use of petrol vehicles.

Following the rejection, the sponsor of the bill, Senator Murray-Bruce Bruce, withdrew it.

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