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FG Trains 200 Graduates In Taraba

The Federal Government has completed the training of 200 graduates in Taraba State under the Graduate Internship Scheme ( GIS ).
The trainees, who were beneficiaries of the GIS which was initiated by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Finance to curb the rising wave of unemployment in the country were trained to acquire skills and knowledge to become successful entrepreneurs as well as develop soft skills that would make them sought after by employers.
The weeklong training, which was conducted in two batches of 100 interns each by Michael Jacobs Consulting and Fortis Nigeria also exposed the participants to the various sources of funding for small and medium scale business enterprises.
Shedding more light on the programme, Mr Abubakar Ahmad, Lead Consultant, Michael Jacobs Consulting said the GIS was initiated following the partial removal of petroleum subsidy in 2013 to enable graduates to acquire skills that would increase their chances of securing jobs as well as creating job opportunities with the ultimate goal of reducing unemployment in the country.
He noted that as part of the training module for the GIS, the interns have been trained and equipped with basic business planning and financial management tools for entrepreneurial development needed to establish and run small and medium scale businesses adding that they would equally be linked and recommended to development banks particularly Bank of Industry, Industrial and Development Bank and the Agricultural Development Bank to access funds.
Admonishing the beneficiaries to take advantage of the opportunity presented them, Vincent Adejoh of Pactworld Consulting urged them to use the knowledge gained during the training to become good entrepreneurs saying “You have been given the key to unlock the potential of the state”.
“Taraba is still is virgin in terms of business opportunities and market, I urged you therefore to use the basic business planning and financial management tools gained to establish and run small and medium scale businesses, to boost your income and contribute your quota to national development”
One of the beneficiaries, Rita Sanda, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries lauded the government for the initiative saying the experiences they’re garnered through the programme have added value to them and would go and a long way to assist them in contributing their quota to national development.
According to her “I have been offered job by the firm where I did my internship and many other interns too were returned. I am convinced that with the training we have received it would be easier for the interns to secure jobs but most of us actually want to set up our own businesses,” she said.
Ahmad however enjoined the Federal Government to sustain the programme say “given the feedback we have received so far here in Taraba, the programme is a huge success and I want to advice the Federal Government to sustain and consolidate on the successes

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