Report from FIC, Lafia.
474 Graduates from Nasarawa State have been enlisted to benefit from the second phase of SURE-P’s Graduate Internship scheme. This is out of 50 Thousand Nigerian graduates expected to benefit from the scheme across the country.
It could be noted that in 2012, the Federal Government announced the sudden removal of fuel subsidy, the decision that generated outcry by Nigerians. However, the Government explained that the removal was aimed at ending the vast corruption in petroleum downstream business and to re-invest the saved money in infrastructural development. The funds recovered are what is today known as “Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), which is used to ameliorate the plight of Nigerians, with a wide range of intervention programmes.
One of the SURE-P intervention components is tagged “Graduate Internship Scheme.” The Director of this scheme, Peter Aka said, 147 firms in Nasarawa State applied to absorb the prospective graduates which will be done based on the capacity of the firms.
The Consultant of the scheme, Temitope Ade said the participating Graduates will be trained for a period of twelve months and will be paid the sum of N30, 000 monthly for the period.
The Participants are expected to gain skills that will make them employable in the labour market.