INTELS Empowerment Scheme graduates 77 women – Nigeria’s oil and gas logistics giant, INTELS Nigeria Limited on recently graduated 77 women from its Women Empowerment Programme Scheme Synergy (WEPSS).
WEPSS is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme of INTELS established in 2013 with the vision of empowering 5,000 community women over a 20-year period through training in fashion design and tailoring.
To date, more than 700 women drawn from various communities in the Niger Delta region and other parts of the country have been empowered through the project.
INTELS Director, Mr. Silvano Bellinato, who led other top management staff of the company to the colourful graduation ceremony, commended the trainers and trainees for their commitment to the realization of the vision of the scheme.
Mr. Bellinato said INTELS made substantial investment in developing the women empowerment centre, which is equipped with modern specialized machines, cutting edge technology and staffed by well-trained personnel.
The Project Head for WEPSS, Nancy Freeborn, described the just concluded training session as the most outstanding since the inception of the programme.
She said, “Every year, INTELS absorbs a minimum of 200 trainees who undergo an intensive four and a half month training at the end of which they are able to make men’s short sleeve shirt and trouser, women’s blouse and skirt. They are also taught how to use specialized machines and work safely with them.
“This is the first session for 2018; it lasted for four and half months. So far, this is the most outstanding set we have had at WEPSS. They have been amazing.
The best graduating woman, Ogbuenyi Evelyn Okwudili was awarded with start-up kits which include an industrial sewing machine, steam iron, chair, scissors, seam ripper, box of tailors, chalk and a measuring tape.
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