IT Skills today are critical for personal empowerment, yet there is also a clear shortage of these skills in the country, especially in semi-urban and rural areas. This means that those who acquire these skills would have competitive advantage over those who lack the skills and also help in closing the skills gap in the country. The demands for these skills is set to increase as Nigeria grapples with the commitments to meet both the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) targets, and more especially as the country’s efforts to transform into one of the top 20 economies globally in accordance with Vision 20: 2020 gathers momentum. Above all, the success and competitiveness of small scale enterprise, which are major tools for employment generation and poverty reduction, are greatly enhanced with the use of ICTs by the entrepreneurs. An appropriate youth development model for the country would thus aim to empower youth with IT and entrepreneurship skills, leadership and employability experience and exposure them to entrepreneur development services. The strategy adopted is to combine training in these critical areas for the Youth Development Officers in the form of training of trainers. The trained Youth Development Officers would be expected to use the skills acquired to mount youth training programmes in their various centres.