In furtherance of its determination to curb unemployment, the Delta State Government has flagged-off the 2020/2021 Graduate Internship Facility (GIF) of the Graduates Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP.)
The Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, disclosed this today during the flag-off ceremony of GIF at the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau in Asaba.
Prof Eboh explained that the 2020/2021 GIF would commence with 3 graduate nominees who have been interviewed and selected by Premium Steel and Mines Ltd, Aladja, pointing out that the GIF would last for six months during which the graduate interns would be paid a stipend in the sum of ₦50,000 monthly in addition to other benefits given by the host company.
“The GIF is designed to provide an opportunity for fresh graduates to gain the much-desired work experience in order to improve their employability by private sector establishments. Host private sector establishments are expected to absorb the graduate interns into substantive employment after the internship period,” he stated.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Esther Ifeanyi Konwea who studied Psychology from the Delta State University said she graduated from the university since 2018, adding that she was grateful to God and to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for giving her the opportunity to be part of the programme.
She expressed optimism that the programme if continued would enable more youths and graduates to become beneficiaries, thereby reducing youth unemployment.
She pledged to be a good ambassador of GEEP and to serve her host company diligently during the six months internship in order to be retained by Premium Steel and Mines Ltd, Aladja.
By Ese Laura Oghene.