By Emem Idio
YENAGOA — ROJECT Director of the Federal Government Graduate Internship Scheme, GIS, Mr. Dennis Chukwu, has said that the GIS since its inception had demonstrated high prospects for job creation and social protection of the Nigerian youths, adding that the scheme has provided young graduates the opportunity to be employers of labour.
Chukwu, who was represented by Mrs. Maryam Kayit-Ankor, spoke during a career development and entrepreneurship skills training for interns in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
He said: “The GIS in view of its prospect for skills building and job creation, has developed special programmes for non-oil sector and has entered into a special partnership with government and non-governmental organisations to have graduates interns trained, mentored and supported in areas such as non-oil export trade, ICT, agriculture, community health, construction, financial inclusion, amongst others.
“So far, 41,161 graduates have benefited from the scheme, with 68 percent males and 31 perv cent females and 1 per cent vulnerable. Over 35,000 have exited the scheme with thousands of them having secured jobs. Many have secured credit facilities and grants to expand businesses they set up using GIS stipends and many more have set up cooperative associations, some of which have transformed into SMEs, rather than seeking for work, they are now becoming employers of labour.”
In his remark, the Assistant Director, GIS, Chief Vincent Ejemba, urged the interns to make good use of the training, adding that the exercise was designed to equip young people with employable skills.