126,000 fresh graduates have been registered nationwide for Graduate Internship Scheme being championed by the subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).
Speaking yesterday at the Graduatesâ€™ Internship Scheme (GIS) workshop in Nnewi, the SURE-P Technical Manager, Mr. Colet Odenigbo, said outside the 126,000 fresh graduates penciled down for training under the scheme, 4,000 firms in the country had shown interest in having these graduates receive some training in their organisations to equip them with the necessary skills through training that will help improve their job placement opportunities.
The initial SURE-P appropriation in the 2014 budget for the implementation of its GIS programme he said was N10 billion and later scaled down to N8 billion, describing the programme as real.
But he said out of the 126,000 registered for the programme nation-wide, 50,000 participants were initially targeted for the workshop and later scaled down to 25,000, with an increased stipend of N30,000, beginning in January this year from the initial N18,000, and later 25,000 participants due to budgetary constraints.
The project Director, Mr. Peter Papka who was represented by Assistant Director- GIS SURE-P, Mr. Aremu Najeem, said the idea of the programme was to reduce the number of unemployable graduates without requisite skills so that they would be trained and equipped and be gainfully employed.