The Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, on Wednesday said that the Lagos State government has placed 4,000 unemployed graduates on a N40,000 monthly salary for six months.
Arobikeke disclosed this during the 2021 Ministerial Press Briefing in commemoration of the Second Year in the Office of Gov. Bababjide Sanwo-Olu. According to the commissioner, the payment is implemented through the ministry’s Graduate Internship Placement Programme (GIPP) aimed at addressing the challenge of unemployment among unemployed graduates in Lagos State, Vanguard reported.
Over 51,00 graduates applied for the internship programme with 1,900 companies expressing interest to employ the interns upon completion of their training.
The programme is designed to expose the interns to professional skills, entrepreneurial opportunities as well exposure to the world of work and the required skills.
”A total of 51,514 graduates applied for the internship online, over 1,932 companies indicated interest to onboard the interns after their training and 4,736 applicants attempted the Online Assessment Test.
”About 1,000 candidates who scored a minimum of 60 per cent were invited for the first tranche of the employability skills training, while 4,000 interns are targeted to be placed on a monthly stipend of N40,000 for six months.
”You will agree with me that the state government under Sanwo-Olu is leaving no stone unturned in mitigating the unemployment scourge,” Arobieke said.
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