INTELS Nigeria Limited has taken its community support a notch higher by offering full scholarships to about 66 physically challenged persons.
The scholarship scheme, which was set up in 2003 to assist persons with physical disabilities covers primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Many beneficiaries have through the scholarship attained professional qualifications in various fields of endeavours including Economics and Law, among others and some were also given the opportunity of working at INTELS after completing their studies.
Uchechukwu Nwafor, a beneficiary and an Economics graduate of the University of Port Harcourt, said “words cannot capture the good works INTELS is doing”.
“INTELS has changed my life for good. What INTELS is doing cannot be quantified. The opportunity has enabled me to achieve the desires of my heart. They have empowered me and taken me off the street. This is not just granting scholarships but life empowerment,” she said.
Philip Brown, another beneficiary said, “INTELS has given us hope. Apart from the scholarship, they also provide employment to us without discrimination. Today, I am married and happy because of their support. And I will always say that through this scholarship scheme, most of us with disability have made it in life.”
INTELS has won several awards and commendation for its exemplary community development and empowerment programmes.
For instance, it was recently honoured by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) – an agency of government under the Federal Ministry of Transportation – for its outstanding contribution to the development of its host communities.
NSC conferred the “Most Outstanding Terminal Operator in Corporate Social Responsibility” award on INTELS.
Hassan Bello, executive secretary of NSC, also commended INTELS for its huge investment and commitment to ports development in the country.
John Dennis Osaronu, the Paramount Ruler of Onne Clan in Rivers State, recently commended the company, describing it as “a company Nigerians must be proud of”.
He said INTELS has provided roads, drainages, streetlights, medical services, ultramodern markets and several other amenities to the community. He also commended INTELS for empowering women and youths in the community.
INTELS Nigeria Limited developed the Oil and Gas Free Zone in Onne, Rivers State. It’s also a concessionaire to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) operating oil and gas terminals in Onne, Calabar and Warri.