The Women Empowerment Programme Scheme Synergy (WEPSS) instituted by oil and gas logistics giant, INTELS Nigeria Limited has produced 200 women graduated for the 2017 session.
According to INTELS, “100 of the women completed the 20-weeks training in June while another 100 completed it in December 2017. The graduates went through intensive training in fashion design and tailoring under the tutelage of world-class professionals.”
The Director of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Silvano Bellinato, said the company established WEPSS in 2013 as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, with the vision of empowering 5,000 community women over a 20-year period through training in fashion design and tailoring.
He said INTELS acquired and made available over 300 sewing and specialized machines and built a 5000-square metres garment manufacturing factory at the Federal Lighter Terminal, Onne for the purpose of the training.
He said some of the women who previously graduated from the programme have become gainfully employed at the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone as manufacturers of coveralls and personal protective equipment (PPE) for companies in the zone.
He said, “WEPSS is run by a team of highly skilled indigenous manpower. It has so far produced over 50,000 garments within its 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.”