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Graduate Internship Scheme trains 100 unemployed graduates in C/River

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Director of GIS, Mr Peter Papka

Director of GIS, Mr Peter Papka

No fewer than 100 unemployed graduates have been trained in various `Employability Skill’ under the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) of the Federal Ministry of Finance, an official said.

The Director of GIS, Mr Peter Papka, said in Calabar on Saturday that the training was aimed at tackling unemployment in the country.

Papka said that the graduates were trained on entrepreneurial skills, business management, and finance control, among others.

According to him, the participants will be given a monthly stipend of N30,000 each by the ministry in the course of their one year internship attachment with different organizations.

He added that GIS is responsible for the training of the unemployed graduates after, which they are posted to different organizations to enable them to acquire marketable and employable skills.

“The aim of the training is to impact employability skills on our unemployed graduates to help secure jobs and develop their business plans.

“So far, 9,398 participants have graduated from the scheme since its inception in 2012, and over 1000 have secured jobs or own their own business,’’ he said.

Papka said that GIS was achieving the purpose for which it was set up.

The scheme was established in 2012 with a view to training and empowering unemployed graduates across the country with employable skill needed in today’s job market.

Mr Edem Duke, the State Coordinator, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), advised the participants to make judicious use of the skills they had acquired to better their lives.

Duke lauded the finance ministry for its commitment to empowering unemployed graduates in the country.

Responding on behalf of the trainees, Ms. Roseline Taiwo, promised that the participants will use the skills, experiences, and stipends they received during the training judiciously. (NAN)


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