Nigeria’s leading oil and gas logistics company, INTELS Nigeria Limited, has completed the training of a fresh batch of 92 women under its Women Empowerment Programme Scheme Synergy (WEPSS).
A Corporate Social Responsibility programme of INTELS, WEPSS was established in 2013 with the vision of empowering 5,000 community women in the Niger Delta over a 20-year period, through training in fashion design and tailoring.
The successful trainees are the second batch of 110 intakes in 2018. Seventy-seven women had earlier in the year graduated in the first batch of intakes.
Joy Tom-West, 18, emerged the best performing trainee, winning a start-up kit which includes an industrial sewing machine, steam iron, chair, scissors, seam ripper, box of tailors’ chalk and a measuring tape.
Phillip Embleton, who represented the company’s managing director at the event, urged the graduates to use their newly acquired skills for the development of self and community.
He also encouraged them to appreciate the dedication and hard work put in by their trainers over the course of the four months’ training under the programme.
Embleton said, “As you know, this is a community empowerment scheme, so I hope this training will help you in your careers and with your future lives; to use the skills that you have learned for good.”
Project Head of WEPSS, Nancy Freeborn, said the project was established in 2013 with the aim of empowering community women through the acquisition of tailoring skills.
The project commenced on November 6, 2013 with an intake of 300 rural women.