1. The literary and debating society of your school is organizing a debate on the topic: Poverty, and not corruption, is the Bane of our society. Write your arguments for or against the motion.
2. Write an article suitable for publication in a national newspaper on the dangers posed by the use of commercial motorcycles in our cities and suggest ways of curbing them.
3. Write a story that best illustrates the saying: A leopard cannot change its spots.
4. Write a letter to the Honorable minister of Agriculture on ways of boosting Agriculture in your country.
5a. Howard Douglas advocate for the legalization of drugs because the world will be better controlled if their sale is regulated.
5b. Scott suspended taking drugs while he was serving a 5 weeks prison term.
5c. Scott died because his body was no longer used to his usual dose of drugs. He also died because his final shot contained an impurity.
5d. Mr. Douglas proffered legalization and regulation as one of the measures in tackling drug abuse. He also proffered providing a clean and controlled environment for drugs to be taken with medical advice.
5ei. The expression “…who is a staunch opponent of drugs…?” is an Adjectival clause.
5eii. It modifies “his father”.
5f. The government lacks the political will to tackle drug abuse because nothing motivates them too.
5g Young people get involved in drugs because it helps them getting over their painful experience.
Staunch === Strong
Firmly ==== Strongly
Inquiry ==== Investigation
Concedes ===== Agrees
Tackle ======= Deal with
Associates ===== Partners
6ai. One can improve one’s health by forming good habits.
ii. One’s health can be improved when he or she eats fresh rather than repacked or fast foods.
iii. One’s health can be improved by eating moderately rather than excessively to avoid obesity.
iv. One can improve one’s health by avoiding the consumption of foods which have been stripped of much of their nutritional value.
v. One can also improve health by drinking plenty of water daily especially during hot weather and when doing heavy physical work and exercise
ENGLISH LETTER WRITING ANSWER
3)write a story that best illustrates the saying: A leopard cannot change its spots
The leopard is identified and has exclusivity only because of its spots. Similarly we cannot change the basic characteristic that one is endowed with. It may seem to disappear from time to time but will soon resurface. This can be explained with the following story from the Panchatantra.
Once there was a jackal that went to a village in search of food and accidentally fell into a tub containing blue colour dye. The jackal looked pretty strange since it was blue in colour and all the animals in the forest ran away in fright. The animals in the forest called for a meeting to discuss about strange looking animal – not realizing that it was only the Jackal.
They unanimously decided to keep away from the blue creature.
The cunning jackal decided to take advantage of the situation and declared that he was sent to earth by God to rule over as the King of the forest and asked all the animals to obey him. The frightened animals agreed immediately. The jackal was scared that his fellow jackals might find out his true identity and banished all of them from the kingdom.
The poor jackals had nowhere to go and were very upset. They guessed that the strange blue creature was indeed a jackal and wanted to teach him a lesson for treating his fellow beings so badly.
They came up with a plan. The oldest and wisest of them said. “Let us all howl collectively. If he is a jackal then he cannot resist his innate nature and he too will start howling.” All these jackals waited for an opportunity to reveal the natural characters of the Blue Jackal to other animals in the forest. As waited for, the opportunity came for their help.
So one day when the Blue Jackal was presiding over his court, all the banished jackals started howling together. The Blue jackal forgot for a moment that IT was THE King and responded immediately. When the other animals realized that they had been cheated by the cunning jackal they pounced on him and chased him away.
However the jackal tried to cheat other animals in the forest, the fact it was nothing but only a jackal came to light for the simple reason that the jackal could not conceal its natural tendency.
The leopard can not change his spots.
Write a letter to the honorable minister of agriculture on ways of boosting agriculture in your country?
Dear Chief Ogbeh,
This is a follow-up on the ways of boosting Agriculture in our country.
Furthermore, just last weekend, at least 12 persons were reportedly killed and 18 seriously injured by suspected Fulani herdsmen in a fresh attack in three villages in the Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State. All this goes to show that the President’s directive on securing communities previously attacked is not working, and no measure is in place to prevent attacks on new targets.
As for the directive to apprehend the perpetrators of various killings across the country, the anxious public has yet to be informed about major arrests since the directive was given. If arrests have been made, then the culprits should be paraded, arraigned, and sentenced publicly, partly to provide psychological closure for those who lost loved ones in the attacks and partly to serve as a deterrent to other herdsmen. At the end of the day, the public wants to be assured that the President’s directive to deal with the perpetrators is not another instance of movement without motion.
The President’s most impactful directive is on the creation of what he called “grazing areas” with which your ministry is charged. It is refreshing that you have re-interpreted this directive appropriately, namely, to create ranches for cattle farmers, rather than the controversial grazing reserves, which would also require grazing routes through several states.
Many states have vowed never to allow such encroachment. Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State spoke for others, when he declared: “Grazing zones could be created for those who are traditional cattle rearers in their areas. I’m not against that, but you cannot come here and tell me you want to occupy our land for grazing zones. The land exists in our respective states and as such, the rightful owners should decide what to do with them” (Nigerian Tribune, April 26, 2016).
Questions remain, however, with the plan you announced about creating ranches. Let me repeat what you said: “We have already acquired 5,000 hectares of land from nine states. We wrote and the governors gave us land but we have to farm them out to private sector investors who will prepare the land and make sure they can harvest grass six to seven times a year, dry or rainy season, and the cows have fresh grass to eat.”
Following an earlier lead from you, it is safe to assume that the nine states are all from the North, the home region of cattle rearers in the country. Here are my questions: Who partners the private investors in preparing and grassing the ranches — the Federal Government or the respective states which own the land? What role will the ultimate users of the ranches — the cattle rearers — play in the venture? Would they purchase ranches, once ready, or pay rent to the investors? Or, will the respective states pick up the rent and farm out the ranches to cattle rearers in their states? And what happens to pockets of cattle owners in parts of the south? Will you also work with the affected state governments in providing the same assistance?
Or will their cattle continue to graze freely while those in the north are being ranched?
I raise these questions as a follow-up to my earlier suggestion in the letter to the President that the Federal Government should not put taxpayers’ money into the ranching venture, unless there are plans to so assist other animal and crop farmers throughout the country. I quite understand, of course, that the Federal Government may want to partner cattle farmers, if the goal is to put Nigeria on the map of top suppliers of beef, dairy products, and leather to the rest of the world. What I am saying is that such a policy should be generalised to other farmers.
There is also the technical question about the basis of your planning so far. How many cattle farmers are there and, approximately, how many heads of cattle are we talking about? If you don’t have these statistics, how are we sure that the arrangements underway will solve the grazing problem once and for all?
There are also other knotty issues in need of clarification by your ministry. One is the true identity of the marauding herdsmen. True, there are cattle owners, like Senator Abdullahi Adamu, who are not Fulani; but are there herdsmen in Nigeria, who are not Fulani?
You raised another dimension of the identity problem, when you wondered if foreign herdsmen were not behind the attacks. This position tallies with that of the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, who insinuated that the killer herdsmen could have been foreigners. He even pinpointed armed men displaced by the crises in Libya and Mali.
However, this position is contradicted by the Nigeria Immigration Service, which argues that there is no proof that there are foreign cattle rearers in Nigeria. At least, none entered through Nigerian borders. The position is also contradicted by local knowledge. For example, the leaders of the Cattle Breeders Associations in Plateau and Benue states have stated publicly that the killings by Fulani herdsmen were a revenge for the killings of their members and for stealing their cattle.
This immediately raises the question of cattle rustling, which needs as much attention as cattle grazing. Who are the cattle rustlers and where do they come from? Perhaps, the spotlight on foreignness should be turned on them.
These contradictions go to the heart of the Nigerian problem: No reliable statistics. No coordination among related government agencies. Problems are solved on the fly. Government officials say what they think, rather than what they know for sure. And the list goes on.
Still one major task remains, and it should have been the starting point — disarming the herdsmen. Since herders will still continue to roam with their cattle in search of green pastures before ranches are ready, it is critical to disarm them to minimise future assault.
Again, you already indicated that you would bring this matter to the President’s attention. Please, do so immediately. It also will be useful if the sources of their arms could be investigated so they could be blocked.
Now, my friendly advice. True, the buck stops on the President’s desk on this issue, everyone now knows that it also passes through your desk. It will be a great achievement if you could facilitate the process by which the menacing clashes between herdsmen and farmers are brought to an end. While going about this onerous task, it will be helpful to update the public from time to time. It also will be useful to seize this opportunity to begin to develop a databank on cattle rearing in this country that could be used as the basis for future planning