AFRICAN/CARIBBEAN NOW: Buhari Win Excites Presidency

The Nigerian presidency has described the outcome of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primaries — held Friday across the states with President Muhammadu Buhari as the sole aspirant — as a major boost to his success at next year’s general election.

Some of the results declared by governors or top party members in APC controlled states showed that Buhari scored high number of votes even though he was in the U.S. attending the 73rd United Nation General Assembly, The Premium Times reported Sept. 30.

In his home state of Katsina, the state chapter announced that he scored 802,819 votes during the exercise in the state.

The presidency, in a statement by spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said in a more direct way, the huge turnout of millions of registered party members at all voting centers proved that the president had an incomparable ability to reach out to people and mobilize votes.

“It is significant that President Buhari has won a major victory, fair and square through direct nationwide primary, a system that seeks to break the mold,” Shehu said.

He also said Buhari had shown that “you don’t have to be a party owner or go through a difficult inner party consensus to emerge as candidate.”

Beyond this being a victory for the party and the president, he said, it was also a message to everyone that development and good governance were more important to the Nigerian people than “divide-and-rule politics.”

“The message in the air from this unique achievement by the APC is that all true democratic parties in the country need to start raising their act by copying the leadership of the president,” he said. “We thank everyone for their role in bringing about this victory.”

950 Primary Schools in Jamaica to Receive Tablets, Computers

Some 950 primary schools across Jamaica are to receive tablets and computers over the next four months, according to a Jamaica Information Services press release.

Grace McLean, chief education officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, told JIS News that 600 institutions will be equipped by the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC), and the remaining 350 by eLearning Jamaica, which has a mandate to promote the integration and infusion of technology in the education system.

She said that the devices will be equipped with the required programs, lesson plans, educational resources and material items on the curriculum, including the Primary Exit Profile.

McLean said that the principals from the beneficiary schools have already received the required training, which will be followed by the training of teachers, to facilitate an early November rollout to the schools.

The OEC’s mandate is to be recognized as the leader in the provision of educational support services related to the conduct of examinations, including administration, consultancy, training, quality assurance, authentication of results and the provision of a secure repository for results and statistics.

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