No less than 4,000 unemployed youths in Lagos, will get N40,000 monthly stipends from Lagos state government, as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu approved an internship programme for them.
Yetunde Arobieke, the Honourable Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, made this disclosure via a statement she shared on social media.
In the statement, she wrote: “As part of efforts to reduce the rate of unemployment in Lagos state, Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu has approved Internship Programme for 4000 unemployed graduates in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the present administration and the Youth Development Programme of the State.”
Arobieke explained that the internship programme is designed to give candidates the opportunity to develop employability and work-ready skills that are needed in securing gainful employment.
According to her, producing graduates with relevant employable skills is important because the labour market has become a lot more competitive. With employers looking for people who are flexible and have the ability to undertake multiple tasks with little or no supervision.
To qualify for this programme, you need to consider having the followings:
- Applicants must possess NYSC certificates or letters of exemption
- Applicant must be registered residents of the state with LAGOS state residents Registration Agency LASRRA
- The graduate internship placement programme is for a period of six months .of which a monthly stipend of 40,000 will be paid for the duration of the internship.
- Interested candidates can apply through the dedicated link for the programme: http://gipplasg.lagosstate.gov,ng
An applaudable programme?
The graduate internship programme is expected to play a major role in curbing the rate of unemployment in Lagos. It will provide candidates the opportunity to develop key skills that will boost their employability and will help them secure gainful employment.
At the end of the programme, it is expected that beneficiaries would have gained enough valuable work experience, built up their professional skills and would have been exposed to entrepreneurial opportunities, which will strengthen their professional skills and interpersonal relationship.