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Every discernible observer could foresee the crisis which engulfed the Edo House last week. Only a few days before, reports were rife about the AC reaching out to some PDP legislators to cross-carpet. The intention being to gain a majority and then assume the Speakership with the least constraint. Zakawanu Garuba, the then Speaker, retorted with a fiat, threatening to declare vacant the seat of any defector.
This in spite of the constitutional support for such action, as evidenced, for example, by the crisis that has torn the PDP apart in Edo State. The party has two factional chairmen in the state, even though one is more vociferous.
The desperate attempt by Garuba to cling to the Speaker's chair is condemnable. He was not being recalled from the legislature; and so, he still has his seat as a floor member. As speaker, he was only first among equals.
The Speakership is not his birthright. With the defection of one PDP lawmaker to the AC, the legislature reconvened hours after the bloodbath and elected a protem Speaker, while impeaching and suspending Garuba and a few others. They are to be probed
(Adapted from The Guardian, Thursday, March 4, 2011, p.14)
1. Why did AC woo PDP members?
they are few in number
they want speakership without stress
PDP members are faithful
The House is tough
Nigeria has a troubled power sector which is however undergoing reforms that, hopefully, should usher in era of private sector dominance in terms of ownership and management of generation and distribution. In this transitory phase, it is crucial to lay a foundation for local sourcing of vital inputs and make it the norm for the industry. That is the only way to prevent a replication of the trend in the oil and gas sub-sector, where capital flight is as much as $ 16 billion per annum, as revealed by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund.
The PHCN could legitimately insist on quality and standards in its procurement of equipment and materials, but what is playing out is an institutional orientation, evinced in several pursuits of the PHCN that are contemptuous of Nigeria's aspiration for local content development. In 1998, the defunct National Electric Power Authority defied a directive by the then Minister of Power and steel, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu, to source its costable components from Nigerian foundries, some of which are of high standards. Actuated by a realization of idle capacity in the foundries and the need to conserve foreign exchange, the Minister applied appropriate pressure on the management of NEPA but found his efforts frustrated.
The acute shortage or inefficiency in the metering programme originated from the fact that the only local manufacturer then, the Federal Government-owned electricity Meter Company in Zaria, Kaduna State, established in 1976, but sold to Dantata Investments Limited in December 2002, is not performing.
(Adapted from The Punch, Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Pg. 18)
8. Why is there shortage of meter?
Non-performance of PHCN
Non-performance of NEPA
Non-performance of the Federal Government-owned electricity Meter Company
Non-performance of Dantata Investment Ltd.
Choose the option that best completes the gap: (14 - 37)
14. University students .......behave well.
Choose the option that most appropriately expresses the idea in the underlined expression (45 - 57).
45. My friend's parent's are magnanimous
rich and popular
sociable and lovable
kind and generous
wicked and stingy
My friend has an overbearing attitude toward me
opinionated and domineering
considerate and respectful
There are a number of makeshift buildings in town
old fashion buildings
Post UME is a hurdle to cross.
a necessary and simple exam to pass
an unnecessary and difficult exam to pass
an unnecessary but simple exam to pass
a necessary and challenging exam to pass
His contribution to the project is invaluable
of no value
of little value
can not be valued
That was a dawn-to-earth approach
Concerning my admission, I have to cross my fingers
wait and hope for the best
wait in frustration
take some risk
My father is indifferent to my choice of University
We need an ad hoc arrangement towards the project
The student's reply to the lecturer betrayed his rudeness
His conduct in the last elections was above board
That was a dispassionate decision
On the matter of worship, some sit on the fence
go to the extreme
Choose the option that is nearest in meaning to the word underlined: (58 - 64)
58. In this matter, we must be prepared to tolerate human frailty.
I detest his lackadaisical attitude.
Nobody will endure such profligate spending habits.
Is he oblivious of the political situation in his community?
Many people look into the future with trepidation .
Can you marry such a lanky man?
tall and thin
fat and short
tall and short.
Choose the option opposite in meaning to the word underlined (65 - 75).
65. Peter always approaches issues optimistically.
Why should Dixon be evasive in answering the question?
John and Ahmed's ideas were speculative
Henry was admitted to the hospital with profuse bleeding.
Many people regard him as prolific.
Our success is paramount in his mind.
In all, I consider the behaviour unpalatable.
Her action will certainly exacerbate the situation.
Is he really behaving oddly ?
He always approaches issues optimistically.
Her health deteriorated rapidly.
Choose the option that sounds the same with: two
Choose the option that sounds the same with: bear
Choose the option that sounds the same with the given word. Key
As soon as Joy arrived, she started looking for food. The underlined expression is an -----------.
adverbial phrase of reason
adverbial clause of reason
adverbial phrase of time
adverbial clause of time
My friend, a brilliant lecturer, won many prizes. The underlined expression is a(n) ......
subject of 'won'
I passed very well because I studied hard. The underlined expression is a
relative clause introducer
adverb of reason
Bello and I love each other.
I prefer writing to acting. The underlined expressions is a(n) --------.
Having finished my assignment, I started watching television. The underlined expression is a(n) --------.
If you leave early, you'll meet Sola at home. The underlined expression is a --- --------.
Wounded by a lion, the hunter trudged home. The underlined expression is a -----------.
I'm proud of you. The underlined expression functions as
Eve gave Adam an apple. An apple in the sentence functions as------------.
subject of the verb 'gave'
direct object of the verb
indirect object of the verb