Ministry of Finance held orientation training for new interns and firms, who were selected for the one-year internship to firm of their choice, to acquire the needed skills and competence in their chosen career.
The GIS was established as a one of the social safety net intervention of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, targeted at facilitating the enhancement of graduates skills that would make them prospective employers of labour.
Director of the programme, Mr. Peter Papka, who addressed the interns at the orientation exercise organised in conjunction with Ultimax Consult limited, in Abuja, urged them to use the opportunity provided by the programme to enhance their capacity.
Represented by an official of the ministry, Mr John Obende, the director warned the interns that the management of the scheme would not tolerate any form of truancy or any other form of indiscipline, and stressed that they would not hesitate to withdraw anyone found to have abused the privilege.
“GIS has contributed to the renewed growth of SMEs and cooperative societies through increased competent and skilled manpower. So far 25,186 graduates have been deployed, with 68 percent male, 31 percent females and 1 percent vulnerable.
“So far, 9,387 graduates have exited the scheme with over 1000 having secured jobs or started their own businesses. Records are still being compiled and I strongly believe that the result would certainly be good.
“Some of the graduates have won YouWin grants to expand businesses they set up using GIS stipend and many have set up and saved through cooperative association with potential to secure funding from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. “
Meanwhile, the Resource person, Mr. Rasheed Sani, said that the programme has been designed to equip the interns with necessary knowledge.
Some interns, who have spent three months as trainees in various firms, described the programme as an “eye opener” stressing that it has provided them with firsthand knowledge in different endeavours.

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