Utilisation of Information and Communication Technologies for Entrepreneurial Skills Development among Students of Selected Agricultural Institutions in Ibadan Oyo State, Nigeria
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The challenges of unemployment as a result of limited white-collar jobs prompted the investigation into the study of utilisation of ICTs for entrepreneurial skills development to help train and expose students to opportunities after graduation from school. Hence, the study investigated the utilisation of Information and Communication Technologies for entrepreneurial skills development among students of selected agricultural institutions in Ibadan, Oyo state. The parameters examined were: availability of ICTs, the extent of ICTs utilization, and constraints experienced by respondents in utilizing ICTs in the study area. A well-structured questionnaire was used for collection of data through a purposive and random sampling procedure to select a sample of 105 students for the study. The data collected were analyzed with descriptive statistics such as frequencies and percentages; and inferential statistics like Pearson product moment correlation, PPMC to draw inferences between variables of the hypotheses. The result showed that majority of the respondents (77.2%) ascertained that personal computers were available in their institutions whereas 72.6% of the respondents possessed mobile phones as ICTs devices in the study area. Furthermore, the findings revealed low extent of ICTs utilization among the students in the study area. The findings also revealed that there were major constraints hampering ICTs utilization in the study area. There was no significant relationship between availability of ICT devices and utilization of the ICTs for entrepreneurial skills development (r= 0.117, p= 0.245), whereas there was significant relationship between the constraints experienced by the respondents and utilization of ICTs for entrepreneurial skills development (r= 0.060, p= 0.026). The study however concluded that generally the utilization of ICTs for entrepreneurial skills development among the respondents was at a low level due to low extent of ICTs use and some constraining factors among the students in the study area. Therefore, the study recommends that awareness creation should be carried out to educate and elicit students’ interest on the importance and use of ICTs among students of these institutions, and these institutions should integrate ICTs to strengthen their curriculum for entrepreneurial studies in the study area.
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