The National Youth service Corp (NYSC) scheme is a one year program that mandates Nigerian graduates of tertiary institutions to serve the nation for one year. To foster rural development, 80% of corps members are posted to rural areas, most of them to serve as teachers in secondary schools. The NYSC has volunteering programs in MDGs, Awareness Creation and HIV/Aids Awareness. Corp members can lead an ICT towards with an agricultural information focus drive.
The scheme can provide the man-power and high level competence required to manage ICT centres and train locals on ICT use for agricultural development purposes. Besides, due to its wide coverage of rural areas, networking between NYSC groups in various communities can foster rural-urban communication, extending information to rural farmers and providing relevant market access information.
The NYSC-ICT Volunteer Group will be trained on ICTs and how to use them for relevant extension servicing and sharing market information. The proposed ICT centres can be managed by trained NYSC ICT volunteers, who in turn will transfer skills to their communities via a ‘train the trainer’ approach, to ensure sustainability. The NYSC scheme is a yearly programme so it emphasises the sustainability of the centres, as corps members are posted there, year in, year out. It is also a form of training for the corps members themselves.