Speaking during a workshop in Lagos, the Project Director, Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) of the scheme, Mr. Peter Papka, said one of the objectives of the GIS was to create jobs for about 50,000 unemployed graduates across the country through internship programmes in registered firms.
While stating that it would also help provide a safety net and income supplement for them, he added that there would also improvement in national manpower to support the country’s growth.
Papka, who was represented by GIS Head of Operations, Mr. Akubo Adegbe, explained further that under the scheme, graduates between 18 and 40 years would be placed in organisations on a one year internship where the interns are expected to acquire professional skills, training and work experience to improve their job placement opportunities.
“The federal government will be responsible for paying a monthly stipend to them while participating institutions will be expected to provide adequate opportunities for on the job training and mentoring, “he said.
The scheme, which is an arm of the Federal Ministry Finance, he pointed out, was involved in many strategies that would ensure both graduates and firms register for the project.
Additionally, he noted that over 120,000 graduates had registered with nearly 3,000 firms.
Papka further explained that as part of SURE-P sensitisation exercise, they had been able to conduct an interactive session with captains of industry and chief executives of both local and foreign companies in Nigeria.
“One key success of this sensitisation workshop is the tremendous support received from state governments, some of which have not only registered to take these graduates but also supported us by facilitating the mobilisation of firms and organisations in their states. This we view as a means of strengthening partnership with the federal government in addressing graduate unemployment,” Papka said.