'Do not abandon your little children for politics', Kema Chikwe advises women

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A one-time Nigeria’s minister of aviation and ambassador to Republic of Ireland, Mrs Kema Chikwe has advised young women not to abandon their little children for politics. Chikwe said this in an exclusive interview with Stanley Nkwazema of THISDAY.


According to her, Nigeria does not have proper social welfare system that supports women with little children in politics.


“The most important thing is to build the trust, both at home and in the public domain. I feel good when people talk about trust, they think about you. I also tell young girls, your children are very young, for our environment, it is not easy to do politics, when you have small babies.


“Honestly, elsewhere where you have crèches, proper social welfare system, regulations, security, it will be easy. Since we have challenges with security and welfare system, it is not easy to abandon little children and go into politics. That is not to say that they should not take to politics,” she said.


She added that as a National woman leader for the Peoples Democratic Party, she initiated a programme that provided opportunity for younger women to make contributions from their location.

”When I was National Woman Leader of PDP, I initiated a programme, the E-Women Network, because I know that a lot of young women want to be in politics. But there are competing factors – the home, politics and their career.


“I also know that most young women these days practically live with their phones, laptops, and other mobile gadgets. I created the E-Women Network which was an online mobilisation organisation. I gave young women the opportunity. From wherever you are, you can make meaningful contributions through the online platform.”


She however, urged leaders in all capacity to lead by example. Noting that Leadership is very divine and anybody that finds himself in a leadership position should see it as an act of God.


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