Nigeria’s oil and gas logistics firm, INTELS Nigeria Limited has graduated a fresh batch of 84 women under its flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme known as the Women Empowerment Programme Scheme Synergy (WEPSS).
This was the second batch of women to benefit from the programme this year. In June, 80 women benefitted from the empowerment scheme.
Established in 2013, WEPSS was set up by INTELS to train Nigerian women in fashion design and tailoring. Since inception six years ago, no fewer than 1,200 women drawn from various communities across the country have graduated from the programme.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony held at Onne, Rivers State, the General Manager, Legal and Corporate Services of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mike Epelle, reiterated the company’s commitment to the empowerment of women.
Specifically, he said: “This is a project that is very dear to the heart of our Group Chairman and of course the management of INTELS takes everything about the training going on here very seriously.”
Epelle commended the beneficiaries for successful completion of their training programme and urged them to make good use of the skills they have acquired during the course of the training.
“The fashion industry has really grown. In Nigeria, it is a big industry and you can make a living and take care of your needs in life if you apply yourself to what you have learnt and what you are going out to the society with. All you need to do is to be dedicated to your work. You can start small and sustain what you are doing.
“I understand there are over 100 intakes but 84 of you graduated, so I must commend you for your resilient. Some people don’t have the resilient to go through what you have gone through. It is a good starting point for you that you were able to see it through and acquire the skills,”he said.