The Project Director, SUREP Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Peter Papka, who made the call in Awka at a forum organised by the team to sensitise employers of labour on the goals of the programme, said that the scheme was aimed at reducing the level of graduate unemployment among youths between the ages of 18 and 49 years and to arrest youth restiveness in the country.
According to him, the essence of the programme is to ensure employment of 50,000 graduates for one year and build manpower base in the drive toward attainment of national development goals.
Papka, who was represented by Aremu Olaniran, Assistant Director SURE-P, said that the scheme was being supervised by the Federal Ministry of Finance.
He appealed to fi rms and organisations in the public and private sectors to help in the success of the scheme, saying: “the interns could be absorbed by their employers after one year”.
He urged the employers of labour in the state to register with the Corporate Affairs Commission and related bodies for easy assessment of the fi rms in need of graduates by the programme.
Papka said that it was only fi rms that are registered with the scheme that would benefi t from the partnership with Federal Government.
He said that tax rebates and other benefi ts would be given to the organisation for encouragement, adding that the programme would also encouraged graduates between the ages of 18 and 40 years to access the programme as way of getting a temporary employment for a maximum period of one year with a monthly stipend of N25,000.
The director said that partnership fi rms and would-be benefi ciaries of the graduate internship programme should process their registration online.
Chidi Ezeoke, Anambra Head of Service, thanked SURE-P for its laudable intervention in employment issues in the country.
Ezeoke, who was represented by a director, Uche Nworah, urged graduates to apply to fi ll the slots given to the state.
A representative of Nigeria Labour Congress, Innocent Ebekue, appealed to SURE-P to monitor some organizations in the country that may no longer be willing to offer permanent employment to workers.
Information from National Mirror was used in this report.