Adewole Adebayo, the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has promised a high level of women inclusiveness in his government should he win the presidential election next year. He made this known over the weekend in Abuja at a three-day conference with the theme: “Good Governance for Better Nigeria,” organised by the Nigerian Women 4 Good Governance.
According to him, Nigeria’s problems would be solved if families and women are empowered.
He said: “If you want to empower families, you have to empower women. I’m also an employer of labour. I became an employer of labour when I was 22 years old so I have been employing people over time. In the course of time I have employed women and men.
“If you find out from organisations that I’ve been running for many years before I thought I would be in politics, 80-85 percent of my managers are women. “It is not because they know how to dress elegantly, it’s because they know how to manage and care. The truth of the matter is that Nigerian society and the Nigerian government don’t look alike.
“In Nigerian society, the women carry the verdict and the women run the show but in the Nigerian government, the men take everything. This has to change. If we can listen to women, we will know the problem of Nigeria and solve it.”
The presidential candidate said there is the need for the Nigerian government to operate like a “housewife,” as he said; it will save Nigeria from many troubles. “A government should be like a housewife. If you want to have a government that will work in Nigeria, you have to fashion the government like a housewife. The government will wake up and think of how people will eat and go to school.
“With the way, I approach governance; women have a major role to play because I grew up well-taken care of. In fact, my attitude to governance arose from the fact that I grew up in innocence,” he said.