By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo, has pledged to ensure a women-inclusive government if elected as president of Nigeria in 2023.
Adebayo made the pledge while speaking at a three-day conference with presidential candidates, organised by the Nigerian Women 4 Good Governance on October 22, 2022, at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.
The theme of the conference was, “Good Governance for Better Nigeria”.
Adebayo expressed confidence that most of Nigeria’s problems would be solved only if families and women are empowered.
Adebayo said that adequate representation of women in government would not only make it work but also 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.
“The problems of government did not affect me that much because of the family from which I came.
“And my aim, therefore, is to make sure that however long I stay in power or government, whether long or short, I will empower families.
Because failure to empower families is the problem of Nigeria.
Adebayo said that women empowerment would have significant impact on the country.
“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 have been running for many years before I thought I will be in politics, 80-85 per cent 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 do not 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 them, ” he said.