PAPER TITLE :EFFECT OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) TRAINING ON ENTREPRENEURIAL EMPOWERMENT OF YOUTH PASTORALISTS IN CONFLICT AFFECTED ZONE OF TARABA STATE NIGERIA

JOURNAL Of SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY | VOLUME 8 NUMBER 1 2017

Paper Details

  • Author(s) : BOLARINWA, K.K. and OYEKUNLE, O.
  • Abstract:

The benefits of ICTs, of especial concern to the youth of developing countries like
those in Africa, are: distance learning, healthcare information and provision, information provision
and job creation: government services, agricultural information and e-commerce including web
site development. The e-learning approach provision of solutions to problems precipitated by conflict
was built on the foundation of participatory and self help project approaches to make the project
sustainable. The four severely affected locations were purposively selected while simple random
technique was used to select thirty pastoral youths from each location. Fully equipped Information
Communication Training Centre (ICTC) was established in each location. Interview schedule and
questionnaire were used to carry out ICTC impact assessment. Data were analysed using frequency
count, percentage, and chi-square and t- test statistical analysis. Result reveals that majority of
farmers (85.0% ) were in the age range of 18-25 while 65.0% of them were literate. Eight five
percent of the farmers combined sheep and goat keeping with computer business. Specifically,
65.0% and 85.3% involved in telephone calls and selling of computer and hand set respectively.
Concerning information seeking pattern, 86.2%, 58.4% and 75.4 % sought for improved sheep
and goat breeding, market information, and registered for online business transaction respectively
using internet facility and mobile phone. Also, 42.3% became employer of labour. There is no
significant association between farmers’ educational level and ICT component utilization. Sheep
and goat production level was statistically different before and after training at P<0.05. The facts
that research made use of ICT to rehabilitate conflict victims using participatory and self help
approaches will provide forum for debate among participant and this technique can be used to
provide solution to similar problems in their countries.
Keywords: Electronic-learning, youth, internet facilities, sheep and goat, production