INTELS Nigeria Limited has graduated 38 women under its Women Empowerment Project Scheme Synergy, WEPSS.
A statement by the firm said that WEPSS, which is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of INTELS Nigeria Limited, was established in 2013 to empower 5,000 women over a 20-year period through training in fashion design and tailoring.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony of Class of 2022 Batch A at the WEPSS training centre, Federal Lighter Terminal, Onne Port, Rivers State, the Executive Director, Legal, Corporate Services, Contracts and Compliance of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Amaopusenibo Mike Epelle, said the scheme was designed to uplift the economic status of the beneficiaries.
The statement read partly, “The beneficiaries are trained in two batches every year. Since inception nine years ago, more than 1,540 women drawn from various communities across the country have benefited from the empowerment scheme.
“It is a joyous occasion to celebrate determined trainees who have succeeded in acquiring new skills to make a decent living. WEPSS is a special centre set up to equip women in the community with competent tailoring skills,” he said.
Also speaking, the Manager, Government and Public Affairs of INTELS, Rex Asaikpuka, encouraged the beneficiaries to utilise the skills imparted on them during their training.
“I encourage you to run with the baton. It took time and resources to facilitate this training and we have succeeded in equipping you with the skills and start-up kit to takeoff,”
The Project Manager of WEPSS, Nancy Freeborn, commended the management of INTELS for its commitment to the empowerment of women, promotion of Nigerian content and support for local communities despite the present economic challenges in the country.
She encouraged the beneficiaries to put their skills to adequate use and build successful careers and businesses that would generate employment opportunities for others, adding that the garments produced during the training period would be donated to charity.