The Nigerian oil and gas logistics company, INTELS Nigeria Ltd., has graduated 38 women under its Women Empowerment Project Scheme Synergy (WEPSS).
The company’s General Manager of Legal and Corporate Services, Mr. Amaopusenibo Epelle, made the point in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.
WEPSS is an INTELS Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative established in 2013 to empower 5,000 women in the community over a 20-year period through training in fashion design and tailoring.
“Beneficiaries are trained in two batches each year. Since its inception nine years ago, more than 1,540 women from diverse communities across the country have benefited from the empowerment program,” said Epelle.
Speaking at the Batch A Class of 2022 graduation ceremony, at the WEPSS Training Center, Onne, Rivers, he said the program was designed to improve the economic status of the beneficiaries.
“This is a joyous occasion to celebrate determined interns who have managed to learn new skills to earn a decent living.
“WEPSS is a special center set up to equip women in the community with competent sewing skills,” he said.
In addition, INTELS Government and Public Affairs Manager Rex Asaikpuka encouraged the beneficiaries to use the skills imparted to them during their training.
He said, “I encourage you to run with the stick. It took time and resources to facilitate this training and we managed to equip you with the skills and starter kit to take off.
WEPSS Project Manager Nancy Freeborn commended INTELS management for their commitment to empowering women, promoting Nigerian content and supporting local communities despite the country’s current economic challenges.
She encouraged grantees to use their skills appropriately and build successful careers and businesses that would create employment opportunities for others.
Freeborn said clothes produced during the training period would be donated to charity.
A highlight of the graduation ceremony was the presentation of starter kits, which included an industrial sewing machine and a steam iron, to Gift Osaro, who emerged as the top graduating intern of the Class of 2022 of lot A.
Seven other recipients also received various awards for their outstanding performance. (NOPE)