The world today is very competitive as a result of Globalization. The rapid changes in technology have brought into focus the issue of information and communication technology (ICT) in all spheres of life. Technologies now feature in collecting, storing, editing and passing on information in various forms. Nations have recognized the importance of ICT and have made frantic efforts to develop and incorporate ICT in education programmes. Hence, education is the process of shaping individual’s behaviour for adequate adjustment in the society. This adjustment is vital for national development. Nigeria has a laudable ICT vision and has incorporated computer education as one of the subjects to be offered at all levels of education. One of Nigeria’s specific aims of ICT vision statement is to empower the youths with ICT skills and prepare them for global competition. Youth are the driving forces that determine the future and hope of many societies. This paper, examines the impact of ICT on youths development in Nigeria, looks at the following concepts: Youth, Education, Development and ICT, Discusses fully ICT and youth development. A questionnaire was designed on a four point scale to elicit information on ICT; youth development etc. data analysis is based on mean. Among the major findings is that ICT has empowered many Nigerian Youths, equipped them with relevant skills that have helped them establish their own computer business outfits or get jobs as computer engineers and operators. The paper recommends government financial assistance to maintain ICT education in the country.
Stella Ogonna Okafor, Federal College of Education Eha-Amufu, Nigeria
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