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Q1
The non-involvement of civil servants in partisan politics is related to
A
anonymity
B
neutrality
C
permanence
D
impartiality
E
Q2
A court can declare any action of a local government that is outside its area of jurisdiction as
A
ultra vires
B
bill or rights
C
certiorari
D
habeas corpus
E
Q3
Anonymity in the civil service means that an officer
A
should work without complaint
B
should not be heard or seen
C
does not take praise or blame for his performance
D
remains in office indefinitely
E
Q4
The main purpose of setting up public corporations is to
A
make profit for the government
B
create employment for all people in the state
C
improve production of national crafts
D
provide essential services to the people at minimal cost
E
Q5
Anonymity of civil servants means that they
A
should be seen and heard
B
should engage in partisan politics
C
should work hard for their superiors
D
do not take praise or blame for their performance
E
Q6
One of the objectives of public corporations is to
A
enhance public awareness
B
narrow the gap between the rich and the poor
C
encourage individual participation
D
maximize profit
E
Q7
Public corporation are financed
A
by tax payers
B
with private funds
C
with entrepreneurial funds
D
by political parties
E
Q8
Which of the following is an advantage of local governments in West Africa? Acting as
A
agents for money based politics
B
electoral commissions
C
training grounds for political leaders
D
agents of pressure groups
E
Q9
In the study of government, public administration covers the
A
Army, Prison Officers and the Police force
B
Civil Service, Public Corporations and the Local Government
C
Ministries of Education, Health and Agriculture
D
Schools, Hospitals and Health Center
E
Q10
A local government administration promotes
A
consensus politics
B
responsible government
C
democracy at the grassroots
D
responsive government
E
Q11
All the following are features of the civil service except
A
anonymity
B
political neutrality and impartiality
C
secure of tenure and permanence
D
political maturity and participation
E
Q12
Public corporations are set up by
A
Board of Directors
B
the Minister
C
workers in the corporation
D
an act of parliament
E
Q13
Civil Servants are recruited, controlled, promoted and disciplined by the
A
teaching service
B
public complaints commission
C
public service commission
D
code of conduct bureau
E
Q14
Red-Tapism refers to
A
excessive use of formalities in administration
B
cutting of the tape during official ceremonies
C
measurement with tape rule in government land survey
D
use of red carpet for important dignitaries
E
Q15
One of the reasons for the establishment of local government authorities is to
A
give more powers to the traditional rulers
B
bring government nearer to the people
C
win support of local chiefs
D
prevent political interference by aliens
E
Q16
A statutory corporation is under the supervision of
A
the Chief Justice
B
the Commissioner of Police
C
a Minister
D
a Local Government Chairman
E
Q17
One of the functions of Local Government is to
A
collect company taxes
B
make Bye-laws
C
defend the nation
D
mint currency
E
Q18
An institution which seeks to redress people's grievances against abuse of administrative 'Power is the
A
Ombudsman
B
Judiciary
C
Directorate of Public Prosecution
D
Judicial Service Commission
E
Q19
A constitutional function of local governments is the
A
provision of security guards for streets
B
provision of market stalls and motor parks
C
control of prison services
D
collection of duties on goods
E
Q20
Local governments can raise funds through
A
import duties
B
company duties
C
excise duties
D
rates
E
Q21
The anonymity of a civil servant means that he
A
receives neither praise nor blame publicly
B
is above the law of the land
C
should not take part in union actvities
D
should not be disciplined because of his expertise
E
Q22
Public corporations are established mainly to
A
cater for the welfare of its officials
B
provide essential services and amenities
C
co-ordinate activities of the ministries
D
advise the government on commerce
E
Q23
A major function of public corporation is to
A
construct roads and bridges
B
compete with private companies
C
provide certain essential services for all
D
collect revenue for government
E
Q24
A minister controls public corporations by
A
auditing the accounts of the corporations himself
B
giving general policy directives
C
criticizing the corporations through the mass media
D
undertaking day-to-day administration of the corporations
E
Q25
The three main contesting issues about revenue allocation in Nigeria are
A
oil, cocoa and groundnut
B
oil, minority and majority
C
ethnicity, corruption and nepotism
D
derivation, population and even development
E
Q26
The administrative head of a public corporation in Nigeria is the
A
Managing Director
B
Secretary
C
Board of Directors
D
Chairman
E
Q27
Red tapism in the civil service refers to
A
the use of red tapes on legal documents
B
slowness of action
C
the co-operation between civil servants and politicians
D
politicization of the civil service
E
Q28
Local government laws are known as
A
decrees
B
acts
C
bye-laws
D
orders
E
Q29
One of the reasons for the establishment of a public corporation is to
A
undertake project that requires huge sum of money
B
make profit for the government
C
provide funds for the maintenance of political association
D
compete with local government in the provision of social services
E
serve as agents of multi-national companies
Q30
The policy-making powers in a public corporation are vested in the
A
Managing Director
B
Minister of Industries
C
Chairman of Public Service Commission
D
Board of Directors
E
Trade Unions
Q31
Local government can raise funds through
A
excise duties
B
import duties
C
property rates
D
income taxes
E
company taxes
Q32
The 1976 local government reforms in Nigeria ensure the local governments
A
are of the same size
B
operate the same annual budgets
C
are now independent of the federal government
D
have the same functions and compositions
E
are placed under the control of the ministers
Q33
For purposes of local government elections, local government areas are general divided into
A
constituencies
B
zones
C
regions
D
wards
E
states
Q34
Neutrality of civil servant means that they
A
are free to do whatever they like
B
should not take part in politics
C
can be seen but must not be heard
D
cannot be tried in court for misbehavior
E
are free to use government materials as they like
Q35
The main duty of a Civil Service Commission under the Nigerian Republican Constitution was
A
the retirement and settlement of pension for federal civil servants
B
advising the government on the establishment of new ministries
C
the appointment and promotion of judges
D
the recruitment, discipline and promotion of civil servants
E
determining the department policies of each government department
Q36
Neutrality of civil servant implies that they should
A
belong to the political parties of their choice
B
be recruited on the basis of merit
C
serve any government loyally
D
be appointed on permanent basis
E
not liable to blame or praise for their actions
Q37
One of the features of the Local Government Reforms of 1976 in Nigeria is the
A
reduction of financial aids to local government
B
establishment of local government police
C
establishment of traditional institutions in each local government
D
introduction of full-time chairmen and supervisory councilors
E
re-introduction of divisional councils
Q38
Government control of Public Corporation in Nigeria is mainly to
A
ensure public accountability
B
allow freedom of action on the part of the corporation
C
guarantee profit maximization of the corporations
D
protect the appointment of foreigners in the corporation
E
encourage ethnic domination in the corporations
Q39
Local authorities impose rates because
A
the government wants the rich to become richer
B
the people are expected to finance political parties
C
of the need to provide funds for public cooperation
D
of the need to provide essential amenities for the citizens
E
it is an obligation of a citizen to pay such rates
Q40

Local Government is described as grassroots government because

A

it is the nearest government to the people

B

its headquarters are located in the villages

C

all the leaders are from the villages

D

it is the first tier government

E

all the local people participate in it

Q41
Which of the following is true of a Public Corporation? It is
A
set up to make profit for the government
B
to provide essential services for the people at a low cost
C
owned by the governor of a state
D
established by a bye-law
E
owned by the Minster of Commerce
Q42
The first commission set up to work out revenue procedure for Nigeria was the
A
Philipson Commission
B
Chick Commission
C
Raisman Commission
D
Binnis Commission
E
Hicks Commission
Q43
Which of the following is a feature of a public corporation? It
A
provides social services and amenities
B
has a Director-General as head of General Administration
C
is set up to make profit
D
has a minister as the administrative head
E
does not have a legal personality
Q44
One of the problems facing local government in Nigeria is the
A
withdrawal of grants by the central government
B
interference from the central government
C
inclusion of traditional rulers in the local government council
D
lack of personnel
E
lack of good programmes
Q45
Local governments are essential because they
A
encourage division in the country
B
check abuse of office by governmental functionaries
C
implement government polices at all levels
D
make laws for the nation
E
train local people in the art of governance
Q46
Before the Civil Service Reforms of 1988, the most prestigious and highest paid grade in the Nigerian Civil Service was the
A
Clerical and manipulative class
B
administrative class
C
executive class
D
messengerial class
E
secretarial class
Q47
The major reason why government sets up public corporation is to
A
make profits
B
provide employment for defeated politicians
C
provide utility services to the public at minimal costs
D
reflect the federal character in sitting industries
E
help businessmen
Q48
The total number of local government areas in Nigeria in 1989 was
A
300
B
303
C
400
D
403
E
449
Q49
Which of the following is a function performed until recently, by local governments in Nigeria
A
imposition and collection of compnany tax
B
Administration of museums
C
Regulation of political parties
D
collection of import duties
E
Registration of births
Q50
Which of the following does not belong to the Civil Service?
A
The cabinent office
B
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority
C
The Governor's Office
D
The Establishment Department
E
Ministry of Information
Q51
Which of the following is the duty of a civil servant?
A
loyalty to the government
B
Public association with a political party
C
Advising on policy formation
D
Supporting the party in power
E
Not being partisan
Q52
The Public Complaints Commission helps to promote all the following except
A
democracy
B
the rule of law
C
military dictatorship
D
justice
E
fundamental human rights
Q53
Which of the following is not a problem of civil service?
A
Red-tapism
B
Over-devotion to precedence;
C
improper keeping of records
D
poor attitude to government work
E
Advising political leaders
Q54
All the following are sources of revenue to local government except;
A
rates
B
motor park and market fees
C
duties on exploitation of local products
D
court fines and fees
E
grants
Q55
Rates are generally collected in Nigeria by the
A
Local Government Council
B
Department of inland revenue
C
State ministry of finance
D
Emirate of Traditional Council
E
State Governor
Q56
In Nigeria, the institution that preserves civil liberty is the
A
Judicial Service Commission
B
Federal Electoral Commission
C
law courts
D
State security service
E
Police Commission
Q57
The political neutrality of civil servants implies that they
A
are not allowed to vote
B
have permanent tenure
C
are not allowed to join any organization or group
D
have no dealings with politicians
E
are not allowed to be involved in partisan politics
Q58
Which of the following is not a public corporation? the
A
Nigeria Ports Authority
B
National Electric Power Authority
C
Nigeria National Shipping Line
D
Nigeria Steel Development Authority
E
Nigeria Teacher' Institute
Q59

Public corporations are controlled by the following except

A

legislators

B

judges

C

tax-payers

D

convicts

E

Ministers

Q60
A unified local Government system was adopted in Nigeria under the
A
Tafawa Balewa Administration
B
Yakubu Gowon Administration
C
Shehu Shagari Administration
D
Murtala/Obasanjo Administration
E
Mohammadu Buhari Administration