Benue internship scheme graduates charged on job creation
MORE than 90 indigenes of Benue State who have successfully completed the Graduates Internship Scheme (GIS) sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Finance in a bid to reduce unemployment have been challenged to become employers of labour in their own right.
Addressing the 94 trainees who had just completed the scheme in Makurdi, the Project Director, Mr. Peter Papka urged the graduates to refocus the skills and energies they acquired to be employers of labour rather than wait to be employed.
Papka noted with dismay that opportunities of getting white-collared jobs are getting slimmer and more competitive, hence the need for the trainees to try to start their own businesses.
He stated that the skills and experience the graduating participants have acquired through the scheme have already placed them in a position to contribute meaningfully to the national development agenda of the administration, saying much hope has been put on them for attaining the goals of Vision 2020.
The director however, called on the Federal Government to ensure sustenance of the scheme beyond 2015 and develop it into a national policy to guide its implementation.
One of the exiting participants, Nnenna Okeke, lauded the Federal Ministry of Finance for instituting the programme, saying the internship has enabled her get a deeper knowledge of graphics in addition to what she learnt in the university, thereby being in a better position to be self-reliant.
She also urged the Federal Government to sustain the scheme.
The Guardian gathered that the three-day exit training was aimed at making the participants evaluate the job market, understand the process of recruitment, basic business planning and financial management for entrepreneurial development as well as selecting career, building and monitoring career growth among others.
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