INTELS empowers 77 women through WEPSS scheme
Nigeria’s oil and gas logistics giant, INTELS Nigeria Limited has 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, 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.
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.
He said, “To ensure that participants get the best of training, we built a 5000-square metres garment manufacturing facility at the Federal Lighter Terminal, Onne for the purpose of the WEPSS training.
“The training facility demonstrates our commitment of giving back to our host community and the larger Nigerian society.”
The INTELS Director said a team of highly skilled indigenous manpower manages WEPSS.
“We have so far produced over 50,000 garments within the WEPSS manufacturing infrastructure. These apparels include shirts, T-shirts, skirts, trousers, jackets, uniforms and coveralls.
“In line with our commitment to the upliftment of our communities’ socio-economic status and backed by its success over the years, WEPSS has evolved into an intensive tailoring training program for the women,” he said.