Female drivers association of Nigeria have lamented discrimination against them in employment opportunities and patronage by Commuters.
The drivers made this known during a zoom meeting with the Honorable Minister of state for transportation Hon. Gbemisola Saraki Tuesday.
The association led by Ambassador Eunice Odeghe listed their challenges to include non acceptance during government recruitment exercises, lack of funds to purchase vehicles, lack of insurance for members, lack of office space for proper coordination and support towards a sensitization program on the need for digitalization coming up in July.
She stressed that the female drivers were not in the business to compete with the male counterparts but to compliment them and contribute positively to the economy
A member from Benin, Deborah Aigbovorhiuwah lamented intimidation from male counterparts and reluctance of passengers to opt for female driven rides. Maureen from Lagos branch supported her and called for government to help end the discrimination especially for drivers using apps as passengers cancel their trips when given female drivers.
Another member from Lagos state , Nkechi Anyagwa requested for support as their challenges are numerous.
The SA Policy to the Minister of State, Titilope Ani assured the Female drivers that their request would be looked into. She encouraged them to stay strong inspire of the numerous challenges.
Nkechi Anyagwa who gave the vote of thanks, appreciated the Minister for the audience and prayed that there will be many more such interactions.