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“We are being owed over five months stipends” – Ministry of Finance’s GIS Intern Writes Open letter to Minister



Ministry of FinanceIn an Open Letter addressed to The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF), the Interns of the Ministry’s Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) have decried the terrible state of the scheme, saying they are being owed over five months stipends.

Read the letter below:

Dear Minister,

I trust this meets you well. I deem it pertinent to write to you on behalf of interns of the FMF Graduate Internship Scheme, GIS. This laudable scheme was launched in October, 2012 to create opportunity for graduates to be attached to firms/organizations, where they can work for a year and enjoy a monthly stipend while they gain working experience and enhance their employability.

On this present administration’s assumption of office, we heard rumors that the scheme might be scrapped but as it is today, it is still alive but badly battered and almost comatose as a result of perceived poor management.

Interns are entitled to #30.000 monthly stipends but we hardly get paid despite the fact that we have  fulfilled our part of the contract- working for our “employers” and clearance timesheets duly signed and submitted by our employers to FMF GIS. As I write to you, we are being owed over five months stipends.

Despite the fact that our payment is irregular, we still carryout our responsibilities with our “employers” who don’t seem to care if we are paid or not as they insists we report to work everyday, some; even on weekends. They don’t care how we mange to resume work everyday nor, care to supplement the never-coming stipends from FMF GIS.

With the sharp rise in the cost of living in the country, we can no longer bear this. We can not continue suffering in the name of interning while no income peeps at our wallet. We have borrowed thousands of naira to enable us survive and go to work but apparently our source for funds with which we use to fulfill our part of the contract is now frowning at us.

Please, Honorable Minister; is the FMF Graduate Internship Scheme still existing? If yes, why aren’t we paid our stipends? Or we have simply been forgotten while some “Ogas” in Abuja stuff their belly with our little peanuts?

Ordinarily, as the month ends, we ought to expect bank alert like every other worker under the federal ministry of finance but we often hope in vain. The month of May ends next week Tuesday, are we still going to hope in vain?

Thank you for your time as we anticipate your response through bank alerts, possibly all the backlog.



Secretary Lagos GIS Interns.



  1. Goodluck and his goons are still vomiting money

    May 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    No payment is a national problem,Oliseh method just agreed to return 400million Naira today,when it became obvious to him that he may die in prison,and all the stealing will be in vain.Dont worry all the ogas will vomit all in their possession soon.There’s hope for a better paying job for you tommorrow.

    • Noname

      May 26, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      Amen. Kai see as auto correct don change Metuh to method. I dey laff.

    • Ijebujesha

      May 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      The same money that GEJ was using to pay many for this GES scheme and Youwin and sending University, polythecnic and colleges of education lecturers abroad for graduate studies.( I know many beneficiaries). Yet whatever failure of this useless and confused government, evil people still find a way to blame it on GEJ and gullible still find a way to believe. This country is simply cursed.QED.

  2. FasholasLover

    May 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Yet, they keep saying NOI did nothing good in office! All serious organisations have IP either towards growing it’s own timber or supporting the labour market. But, trust those who have no clue on how to manage anything not only to ruin what they meet on ground, but, to never introduce anything good but complain and point fingers.

  3. Mr. Egghead

    May 26, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Corruption was the bane of GEJ’s administration but you can’t deny that Jonathan and his team were more competent that Baba Bubu and his band of gollywogs.

  4. liz

    May 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    No need ranting our dear intern……….This is a govt nigerians voted for, forgetting the military dictator’s antecedents in 1983 or so guess we are reliving it again. Anyway as Olisa Agbakoba SAN succintly put it, Nigerian is no longer in recession but in depression…….Fasten your seat belts cos its going to get worse and if u think its ever going to get better then u are living in a fools paradise. Nigerians need to apologise to GEJ cos he’s a saint compared to GMB. Cow wey no dey hear word go travel and return as corn beef. This is the change u’all asked for, its here………enjoy.

  5. Ayoka

    May 26, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Wondering why a picture was needed for this story.

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