By Shedrack Frank
Yenagoa – Bayelsa governor’s wife, Mrs Racheal Dickson, has urged Ijaw women to be hardworking in all they do, and stand with one voice to achieve their aim as mothers.
She made the call at a two-day summit in Yenagoa on Friday.
Dickson said Bayelsa women had been making waves in different life endeavours, both home and abroad, and they should keep standing tall.
She also urged single mothers or those that had children out of wedlock not to feel disadvantaged for those attributes could not stop them from achieving their purpose in life as women.
She said “I am appealing to you mothers, try and encourage your children to go to school even if they have kids themselves. This cannot stop them from pursuing their careers as women.
“Ijaw women should be their sisters keepers, they should always help others to realise and pursue their goals and aspirations as women.”
The Managing Director of Bayelsa Economic Management, Mrs Faith Opuene, said women participation in politics was optional.
Opuene said that for long, women had been neglected but the present administration in the state had carried women along more than the previous ones.
She added that “women are facing difficulties in Bayelsa politics and for you to be successful, you must develop interest in it before embarking.
“As a politician, you should know what you want to get out of it, and hardwork, and focus will make you achieve your desired goal.”
Opuene also urged all women politicians and leaders to be sincere with the people they led, for them to earn the respect and trust of their followers.