Four hundred unemployed graduates from Borno state who registered for the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) were recently engaged under the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) of the programme to address the unemployment and poverty in the state.
Chairman of SURE-P,Gen. Martin Luther Agwai when opening the programme said that the graduates are expected to work under films for a period of 12 months while the Federal Government pay a stipend of N30,000 to them every month throughout the duration. He also said he expects that every student should improve in their job specifications during that 12 months duration. He also disclosed that over 15,000 graduates across the country have registered for the scheme,while over 7,000 firms signed up to take interns.
" The issue of unemployment is a subject we are all familiar with in this country and statistics have also shown that about 3,000 Nigerians graduate from university yearly into the labour market with little or no job opportunities",Agwai said.
The chairman who was represented by Hajiya Salamatu Manga who is the state co-ordinator of the programme stated that the programme was to create temporary employment for the unemployed graduates in the country.