Authorities of the Federal Ministry of Finance yesterday assured that the Graduate Internship Scheme GIS) initiated under the administration of former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan will not be stopped due to the current difficult financial situation in the country.
The Director of the Graduate Internship Scheme in the Ministry of Finance, Denis Chukwu, represented by an Assistant Director in the Ministry, Mr. Vitalis Egemba, told beneficiaries at the exit programme of the graduate internship scheme in Yenagoa, that though the country is experiencing difficult times in finances, the President Buhari led administration will not stop the programme.
According to Egemba, the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) has since inception demonstrated high prospects for job creation and social protection of the Nigerian Youths,”the programme presents an opportunity for graduate interns to gain employment in organizations where they worked, in other organisations or self-employment”.
Egemba said though with the minimal monthly stipend paid to graduate interns, beneficiaries have demonstrated high prospects for achieving the social protection and inclusive growth objective of Government,” the idea is to prospect for skills building and job creation, adding that the scheme has developed special programs for non-oil sector”
He said the Graduate Internship Scheme managers have entered into special partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organisations to have graduates trained, mentored and supported in areas such as; non-oil export trade, ICT, agriculture, community health, construction, financial inclusion, amongst others.