In order to alleviate the problems of youth graduates in the country, in Kaduna state, the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) of the Federal Government and that of Kaduna state government yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to engage 2000 graduates in the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS).
Speaking during the signing ceremony at the Sir Kashim Government House Kaduna, the leader of the Federal Government team who is the Convener Community Service Women and Youth Employment (CSWYE), at the SURE-P national headquarters, Barrister Audu Maikori said, the scheme is basically to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country and by extension in the state.
Maikori, who spoke on behalf of the National chairman of SURE-P General Martins Luther Agwai, said the rate of the unemployment is largely responsible for the insecurity currently ravaging the country, and assured that with the scheme in place, the unemployed graduates will be positively engaged and kept busy.
The scheme, he said will further reduce social vices in the society, build capacity and empowers young people in the system.
He said,” the Federal Government will pay each of the 2000 graduates from the state the sum of thirty thousand naira (N30,000) while the Kaduna State government has agreed to augment with the sum of N10,000, making a sum total of N40,000 monthly, while the one year internship program last.
Responding shortly after signing the MoU, the Kaduna state SURE-P Chairman and Deputy Governor, Ambassador Nuhu Audu Bajoga on behalf of the state government, commended the initiative and described the initiative as a welcome development.
He further assured that Kaduna state government, under the leadership of Government Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, will not hesitate to key into any initiative that will better the lives of the good people of Kaduna state.