Nigeria can become a stronger and more prosperous nation if states have more powers, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

The Federal Government on Thursday unfolded plans to integrate women into its eight strategic growth plans with a view to improving the economy.

The plan include training and retraining of government’s workforce, increase in job quota for women, review of their core competencies, putting them in areas where they are needed, creation of jobs for women, among others.

The Acting Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, gave these indications on the side of an oil and gas conference in Lagos.

The theme of the forum was: Mainstreaming Women in the Oil and Gas Industry.

She said the development became necessary in order to harness the potential of women for economic growth.

She said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has formulated and implemented policies that recognise the roles of women in nation building.

She said this is evident in the appointment of women into key positions in the country.

Citing Standard & Poors, a global rating agency, she said women technically occupy about 15 per cent of the global oil and gas industry, adding that their presence in the administration of the industry is negligible.

She said the percentage of women in the Nigerian oil and gas industry is minimal such that they are hardly seen in the boards of oil and companies.

She said it is high time, women are considered a major influence in the technical department of the industry.

Also, the Executive Director, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr Simbi Wabote, said women take a negligible proportion of workers in the nation’s oil and gas sector.

While relying on World Petroleum Council (WPC) report, Wabote said the percentage of women in the industry has reduced considerably from 26.7 per cent years ago.

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