As part of efforts to tackle the rising wave of insurgency across the country, the Federal Government, in partnership with New Era Communication Limited says it will create 31, 000 jobs annually to take restive youths off the streets.
The Project Director of Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Mr. Dennis Chukwu, stated this during a three-day workshop tagged: ‘Career development entrepreneurship skills’ organized by the Federal Ministry of Finance in Yenagoa.
Represented by Mrs. Josephine Chukwu, the project director said: “The intention of government is to ensure that youths depend less on white collar jobs that make them sit tight, agitating for resource control without thinking of other options if they don’t get it. “We want to open their eyes to be self reliant or employable rather than depend on government to employ them, and in a way tackling the rising wave of insurgency in the country, which is not profitable to government and the society.
So, the essence of this programme is to help them think outside the box and see that they do not need white collar jobs to succeed.” Also speaking, a facilitator at the training, Mr. Idris Sodiya, explained that the programme started 10 years ago and down the line, the 31, 000 participants out of 41, 000 are exiting the scheme to become self-employed and employers of labour.