By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The Federal Government has said that many graduates in the Graduate Internship Scheme of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) were gaining permanent employment through the scheme.
The Project Director of GIS, Mr. Peter Papka, said this in Osogbo on Monday, 8th December, 2014 at the opening of orientation programme organised by SURE-P for interns and representatives of firms participating in the scheme.
Papka, whose speech was delivered by Senior Accountant in the scheme, Mr. Eke Obioma said that the scheme was giving participants the needed job experience to attract employers.
Papka, while appraising the scheme said the GIS which was a major part of the social safety net provided by the SURE-P had created a bridge which Nigerian graduates were now using to cross from graduation to the work place with ease.
According to him, graduates who had participated in the scheme are now gainfully engaged and contributing their own quotas to the development of the nation.
His words: “The interns also admitted a clear and present opportunity that the GIS provides for them to chart the course of their future. Many interns are beginning to jettison the idea of waiting for jobs from government, as some are venturing into entrepreneurship both individually and as cooperative groups.
“As a matter of reference, because of the commitment they have shown, some interns have got full employment even before the end of their tenure; others are acquiring professional qualification and membership supported by their employers while others have secured full employment at the end of their internship either with the same firms or with others who had given them better offers.”
He said that there were new interesting opportunities in agriculture, ICT, power, construction and environment saying many interns had started taking advantage of the opportunities.
Papka also warned interns and firms representatives against any attempt to defraud the scheme. He said anybody caught would be removed and handed over to the police for prosecution.
Papka said, ” I wish to use this opportunity to caution both interns and their employers against abuse of opportunity provided by the scheme. It is true that some bad eggs on both sides have attempted to defraud the scheme through unethical practice.
Some of the interns who spoke with our correspondent commended the FG for establishing the scheme which they said was giving them useful job experience and offering them opportunities to showcase their capabilities.