The Nigerian Government has approved an upward review of the monthly stipend of interns of the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) from N25, 000 to N30, 000 to reinforce its commitment towards enhancing the skills of Nigerian youths.
According to sources in the Scheme, the increase is a reflection of government’s quest for improved effectiveness of the scheme, especially in being responsive to the opinions of partners and stakeholders who have requested for it. They said that with this increase, firms and organizations will not only be expected to register for the scheme, but join the sensitization campaign to attract more firms. “Partner firms are therefore expected to see this partnership as an opportunity to contribute to the building of human capacity and addressing of youth unemployment towards the attainment of the nation’s national development vision,” they disclosed.
“Firms and organizations are urged to seize this opportunity to contribute towards achieving corporate social responsibility as well as participate in the scheme by visiting our website www.wyesurep.gov.ng to register.”
The GIS sources indicated that major organizations partnering with the scheme comprise: the Legal Aid Council, Dangote Group, UBA Plc., Keystone Bank, Afrihub Computers, Unilever Plc., Chams Plc., Dana Group, among others. Adding, GIS is a social safety net component of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) established to provide one-year mentorship to unemployed graduates across the country and is implemented in the Federal Ministry of Finance.