OrderPaperToday – Senator representing Bayelsa East, Ben Murray-Bruce has stated the reason that led to the rejection of his bills.
One of his bills sought the introduction of electric cars into the country but was rejected by his colleagues at second reading.
Speaking at the valedictory session of the 8th Senate on Thursday, Bruce stated that the bill failed because “some of us do not read.”
He admonished incoming senators to continually renew their knowledge.
He said: “I want to say how honoured and privileged to serve in the eight Senate, venturing into politics at this level I am honoured. I think politicians who are seeking higher office, the office in the legislature, once they do that, they will learn a lot more about Nigeria so that when they become Governors, Presidents or whatever position they find themselves they will have that special knowledge they will learn about special issues – it could be herdsmen or Boko Haram, it could be the economy, you learn something new when you serve in this institution.
“Lawmakers make laws about the future and not the past. This is important for the ninth Senate,when you are a Senator you have to read and understand what happens in the world. Knowledge changes every six months. Whatever knowledge you have today in six months time, it becomes irrelevant.
“Some of the Bills I presented and were rejected and it made me think that some of us do not read. In the ninth Senate it is important that you are up to date with modern technology and the realities of the world because if you are not,you do not make laws about yesterday but the future.”
He expressed hope that the next Senate “talk about green energy, electric cars, diaspora voting, talk about laws that will help the economy,help the executive.”
On the leadership of the 9th Senate, Bruce said: “I want to executive to know that the leadership of the ninth Senate should be chosen by 109 members of the Senate and not the executive.”