Association urges women to take more challenging roles

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By Olasunkanmi Onifade

Abuja –   of Female Drivers Association of Nigeria (FEDAN), Abuja branch, Mrs Eunice Odeghe, has called on women take up more challenging professions in the country.

Odeghe made this call in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.

According her, we encourage females take up more challenging professions, because white collar jobs are not meant for everybody; but driving you are self employed and can take care of your financial needs.

“Women must be wise and wake up from their slumber explore potentials; we must stop depending on people when we are able bodied beings.

“Women must ask themselves their purpose on earth and fashion out ways of exploring it.

“Women must sit up and think outside the box, they must do research and explore areas where people do not have interest in and they will be proud that they take up such challenges,” she said.

Odeghe called on women to discover their potentials and contribute their own quota to building.

She, however, said that driving profession for a woman could be challenging as most times they were intimidated by the male drivers.

“To avoid some dangers on the road we, the female drivers, have made it a rule not to work till in the night.

“When you leave your house in the morning and work till around four or five o’ clock in the evening it’s better you close for the day and go , we do not encourage movement at all, ’’she added.

Odeghe also noted that driving could be a silent source of income for women, adding that women should be informed, enlightened and encouraged into taking up driving jobs.

“Drivers are professionals and destiny carriers, and without them some people cannot move. Even those can drive still employ drivers to serve them.

“FEDAN, as an , advocates for women empowerment and we also focus on informing transporters on the dangers of and child abuse.

“We look out for this when we carry passengers too; we are information carriers,” she added.

Odeghe, however, called for partnership security agencies as drivers are closest to the masses and they could be a good source of information for security agencies.

She also noted that the FCT has about 21 female drivers, while 15 others have been trained and are waiting to be empowered with to start their own .

NAN reports that FEDAN was officially inaugurated in 2013 with the aim of empowering women in the society and alleviate . (NAN)