HIGHWAY INSPECTION: MINISTER OF WORKS VISITS ZAMFARA, COMMENDS GOV. LAWAL’S URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT

HIGHWAY INSPECTION: MINISTER OF WORKS VISITS ZAMFARA, COMMENDS GOV. LAWAL’S URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT

Governor Dauda Lawal was commended by the Minister of Works, Mr David Umahi, for his administration’s remarkable progress in urban renewal projects.

On Friday, the Minister visited Zamfara as part of his inspection tour of federal road projects in the state.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Zamfara Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said the minister inspected ongoing federal road projects that covered a total distance of 277.305 kilometres, starting from Zaria to Sheme, Sheme to Gusau, and Gusau to Mafara.

The statement added that the minister and his entourage observed the tremendous achievements recorded in the ongoing urban renewal project of Governor Lawal’s led administration.

In his remarks, Governor Lawal applauded the minister for his initiative to inspect the federal highway constructions.

“I can assure you that there is hope because we have seen situations where contracts were awarded for road construction, but no one came for supervision from the federal government. Your inspection tour is commendable.

“Honorable Minister, as confirmed by you, the road dualisation has not stopped, as rumored. This is very good news.

“I want to express my gratitude for your kind words. As a responsible government, we are working hard to change the negative narrative of Zamfara State. In the past, whenever you heard about Zamfara State, it was always negative. But now, we are trying to rescue and rebuild the state.

“I also want to sincerely thank the President for his outstanding efforts executing key Federal projects. We will continue to support his good policies.”

During his speech, the Honorable Minister of Works, David Umahi, disclosed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu directed the inspection tour for firsthand information on the condition of the ongoing projects.

“Your Excellency, we are here on the directives of the President to inspect ongoing road projects and convey his greetings to you.

“The President is committed to completing all ongoing projects, including the dualisation of federal roads, not only in Zamfara but across the country.

“I commend you on the positive impact of your consistent efforts in the urban renewal projects that have transformed Zamfara in just nine months.”

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, a former governor of Sokoto State, was part of the minister’s entourage

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
March 01, 2024

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL TO CONSTRUCT VEHICLE TRANSIT AREAS AS PART OF THE ZAMFARA URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL TO CONSTRUCT VEHICLE TRANSIT AREAS AS PART OF THE ZAMFARA URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT

Governor Dauda Lawal hosted the leadership of the Zamfara State chapter of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD).

The meeting held on Tuesday in Government House, Gusau, discussed several issues, including the construction of vehicle transit areas and traffic management in the Zamfara capital city.

A statement issued by the spokesperson of the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, revealed that the vehicle transit areas will be established to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion as part of the ongoing urban renewal project.

He added that Governor Lawal plans to establish the designated vehicle transit areas on two state axes to improve transportation infrastructure.

Addressing members of the two unions, Governor Lawal said the initiative will lead to an enhancement of the quality of roads in the state’s capital.

“I have directed the construction of trailer parks at two entrances of Gusau: one on the Funtua to Gusau road and the other on Sokoto to Gusau road. I invited NARTO and PTD members to join the committee to set up vehicle transit areas.

“We will conduct a thorough assessment of potential locations to determine the most suitable spots for the trailer park construction. We will take into consideration factors such as accessibility, demand, and available resources to ensure that the parks not only generate revenue for the state government but also provide a valuable and enjoyable experience for visitors.”

The Chairman of the Zamfara state chapter of NARTO, Alhaji Mustapha Musa Sarkin Kagara, assured Governor Lawal of their members’ compliance with the initiative.

He said: “We will ensure that the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) support the government in establishing the proposed trailer parks.

“We are honoured with this invitation to discuss a critical matter regarding our work. We will comply and give maximum cooperation to ensure that vehicle transit areas or trailer parks are established. This project will create over 5000 job opportunities for the people of Zamfara. Both NARTO and PTD will ensure total compliance with the plan.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 27, 2024

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL COMMISSIONS ROAD CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION OF GENERAL HOSPITAL IN BUKKUYUM LGA, DISTRIBUTES FARM INPUTS TO FARMERS

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL COMMISSIONS ROAD CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION OF GENERAL HOSPITAL IN BUKKUYUM LGA, DISTRIBUTES FARM INPUTS TO FARMERS

Governor Dauda Lawal has flagged off the construction of a road project and reconstruction of the General Hospital in Bukkuyum local government.

The governor was in Bukkuyum LGA on Tuesday to distribute agricultural assets and vital farm inputs to farmers for the COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus under the auspices of FADAMA III.

A statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said the road construction starting from Mallawama junction will cover 13.4 kilometres in the Bukkuyum local government area.

He added that the General Hospital at Nasarawa Burkullu in the Bukkuyum Local Government Area will undergo significant renovation and upgrades to improve healthcare services.

In his speech at the flag-off, Governor Dauda Lawal disclosed that the 19.2 km road construction would cover the Mallamawa-Zarummai-Bukkuyum and Bukkuyum-Birnin Zauma-Gummi Road.

“On behalf of the state government, I am pleased to commission this road project. This project fulfils our campaign promises to the people of Zamfara, and I am committed to delivering on them.

“Our goal is to bring all the dividends of democracy to the people of Zamfara, and this project is just one of the many ways we plan to improve their lives.

“We have already mobilised the contractors to start work, and we are confident that this commissioning will result in tremendous changes for the people of Bukkuyum.

“I urge everyone to give the contractors maximum cooperation in discharging their duty.”

During the flag-off of the distribution of agricultural assets in the Bukkuyum LGA, Governor Dauda Lawal called on beneficiaries of the farm inputs to make the best use of the opportunity to improve their production and uplift their living conditions.

“The distribution of the stimulus package signifies a crucial step in our endeavours to counter the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“By going around selected local government areas across the state’s three senatorial zones, we intend to enhance awareness concerning the stimulus being rolled out to encourage beneficiaries to use it judiciously.

“This component of the COVID-19 stimulus programme is centrally focused on agriculture, acknowledging its pivotal role in the state’s economy, which is predominantly agrarian. Over 80% of the population is engaged in one form of agricultural production. Under this stimulus package, over 100,000 farmers across the 14 Local Government Areas would be empowered with essential farming equipment and seeds over the coming four years.”

Flagging off the renovation and upgrade of the General Hospital Nasarawa Burkullu, Governor Lawal restated that the hospital would also be well-equipped with medical facilities.

“The renovation will involve refurbishing existing facilities, constructing new buildings, and installing state-of-the-art medical equipment. These upgrades will improve the hospital’s capacity to handle more patients and enhance its ability to provide specialised medical procedures.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 06, 2024

GOVERNOR LAWAL FLAGS OFF DISTRIBUTION OF VITAL INPUTS TO ZAMFARA WEST FARMERS, CONSTRUCTION OF TSANGAYA SCHOOL IN GUMMI LGA

GOVERNOR LAWAL FLAGS OFF DISTRIBUTION OF VITAL INPUTS TO ZAMFARA WEST FARMERS, CONSTRUCTION OF TSANGAYA SCHOOL IN GUMMI LGA

On Saturday, Governor Dauda Lawal flagged off the distribution of agricultural assets and farm inputs to farmers of the Zamfara West.

The flag-off ceremony in Gummi LGA was part of Nigeria’s COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme under the FADAMA III project.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that Governor Lawal launched the distribution of agricultural assets and the construction of a befitting modern Tsangaya School in Gummi LGA.

According to him, the state government approved constructing a modern Tsangaya Islamic School in each of the three senatorial zones to improve the quality of education in Zamfara.

The programme in Gummi LGA aims to provide essential input support and services to the Zamfara West senatorial zone farmers.

Delivering his speech at the flag-off, Governor Lawal said the project is dedicated to constructing and rehabilitating access roads in rural communities.

“My government will ensure the rehabilitation and construction of wet markets for safe and efficient functioning.

“Our main objective is to improve farmers’ productivity by providing them with essential inputs such as fertilisers, herbicides, insecticides, high-quality seeds, and seed dressing chemicals.

“For the upcoming dry season, we have allocated 33,000 bags of fertiliser – comprising 22,000 bags of NPK and 11,000 bags of Urea. This is in addition to over 700 power tillers and seeds for the production of rice and maize, which will be distributed to 19,000 farmers. Seven hundred thirty-five groups of ten farmers each will be empowered with Power Tillers, while 2,550 individuals will also receive small ruminant animals for empowerment.”

During the inauguration of the Tsangaya Islamic School project, Governor Lawal assured the people of Zamfara West senatorial zone that the school would meet high-quality standards.

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
January 07, 2024

GOVERNOR LAWAL FLAGS OFF RENOVATION OF GENERAL HOSPITAL ANKA, PLEDGES TO ENHANCE HEALTHCARE DELIVERY IN ZAMFARA

GOVERNOR LAWAL FLAGS OFF RENOVATION OF GENERAL HOSPITAL ANKA, PLEDGES TO ENHANCE HEALTHCARE DELIVERY IN ZAMFARA

Governor Dauda Lawal has pledged to improve healthcare delivery in Zamfara State.

On Saturday, the governor laid the foundation for the rehabilitation and renovation of the General Hospital Anka LGA.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that the General Hospital in Anka will be renovated to improve healthcare accessibility for the people.

He added that the governor was in the local government a few months ago, where he inspected the Anka General Hospital and identified areas of improvement.

He said: “Today, Governor Dauda Lawal flagged off the renovation of Anka General Hospital as part of his administration’s commitment to bring sanity to the health sector in the state.

“The state government will renovate and fully equip the General hospitals in all the local government areas of Zamfara state.

In his remark, Governor Lawal reiterated that he promised to rehabilitate the General Hospital Anka, and the flag-off ceremony fulfilled the promise.

“As attested by the hospital’s Medical Director, the funds for the renovation and equipment are secure. The project will be completed without any hindrance, God willing.

“We are making progress in the fight against insecurity and will continue to explore new ways to improve the lives of our people. This is just the beginning.

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
January 06, 2024

GOVERNOR LAWAL COMMISSIONS MEGA PROJECTS IN KAURAN NAMODA LGA

GOVERNOR LAWAL COMMISSIONS MEGA PROJECTS IN KAURAN NAMODA LGA

-Skills Acquisition Centre. -Women’s Development Centre. – Tsangaya schools. – General Hospital Kaura

Governor Dauda Lawal commissioned key projects in Kauran Namoda local government on Thursday, restating that Zamfara is on the verge of rebirth.

The governor visited Kauran Namoda local government after launching the distribution of agricultural assets and farm inputs to farmers in Zamfara North, starting from the Shinkafi local government area of the state.

A statement by the spokesperson for the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said the projects commissioned in Kauran Namoda local government area are crucial to the administration’s rescue mission.

According to him, three vocational centres are scheduled to be constructed in the three senatorial zones of Zamfara State. These centres will be in Gusau LGA for the Central senatorial zone, Kauran Namoda LGA for the North, and Gummi LGA for the West senatorial zone.

He said: “Yesterday, Governor Dauda Lawal took a significant step towards fulfilling his campaign promises by commissioning crucial infrastructure projects in Kauran Namoda local government.

“The Governor commissioned the skills acquisition and vocational centre at the Government Technical College in Kauran Namoda. The centre has six classrooms, a laboratory, two workshops, a computer room and staff offices.

“During the commissioning, Governor Lawal emphasised that education is among the top priorities of the Zamfara government, and all stakeholders are working together to bring about a complete overhaul of the state’s educational system.”

Other projects commissioned by Governor Dauda Lawal in the local government include constructing a women’s development centre, Tsangaya schools, and the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the General Hospital in Kauran Namoda.

“The Women’s Development Centre will be the hub of women’s empowerment in the senatorial district. The centre will be equipped with modern tools for full functionality.

“Governor Dauda Lawal laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the General Hospital in Kauran Namoda. He pledged to staff it with qualified doctors and nurses and reiterated his commitment to providing effective and efficient healthcare services across the state.

“Commissioning the Tsangaya Islamic school, Governor Dauda Lawal announced that the Zamfara State Government will construct similar schools in all three senatorial zones of the state. This initiative aims to modernise the Tsangaya Islamic School system and provide more opportunities for the students.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor

EDUCATION: ZAMFARA GOVERNOR FLAGS OFF RENOVATION OF COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY TSAFE

Governor Dauda Lawal flagged off the renovation of the College of Health Sciences and Technology in Tsafe on Friday as part of his commitment to revamp the education sector in Zamfara State.

The renovation is part of the NG-CARES program of the World Bank to empower community members by rehabilitating existing facilities through public works geared towards empowerment.

According to a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, the renovation of the College of Health’s structures is the first in a series of similar exercises that will take place in selected institutions throughout the state.

During his speech at the flag-off, the statement added that Governor Lawal reaffirmed his commitment to overhauling the state’s education sector.

“We intend to ensure prudent use of the NG-CARES funds in line with the processes and procedures of the World Bank so that our public institutions are improved and our people gainfully employed in the process.

“The flag off today is the beginning of several other public works projects across the state. Many of our schools, hospitals, and rural roads are selected for renovation and rehabilitation in line with the World Bank’s prescribed requirements. At the same time, a substantial component of the grant shall go to cash transfers.

“I am confident that our citizens will take full advantage of this scheme and honestly reap its benefits. We are hardworking people who strongly focus on industry, commerce, and trade. As a government, we are committed to doing everything within our power and by the Grace of God to create an enabling environment to generate economic activities for all benefit.”

“I hope that the work that begins today on this campus will improve the quality of Infrastructure in the college to support learning, teaching and research. We are determined to rehabilitate all dilapidated structures in our institutions and provide the necessary furniture and equipment for the good of our children and a better tomorrow.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
December 22, 2023

MATAWALLE’S ADMINISTRATION EMBEZZLED BILLIONS OF NAIRA FROM ABANDONED ZAMFARA CARGO AIRPORT, SAYS GOV. LAWAL

Governor Dauda Lawal has revealed that the immediate past administration of Bello Matawalle has embezzled billions of Naira from the Zamfara Airport, which was subsequently abandoned.

The Government accused the previous administration of a dubious transaction of N6,775,949,561.50 for an abandoned Cargo Airport project in the state capital.

In a statement on Thursday, issued in Gusau, the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, disclosed that the government was shocked to discover the previous administration’s substantial financial mismanagement of the abandoned Zamfara Cargo Airport project.

He added that Governor Lawal’s administration will bring those responsible for financial recklessness to justice.

The statement read in parts: “Upon assuming office, Governor Dauda Lawal, to determine the progress of work done and the corresponding value to monies paid to contractors directed for the assessment and identification of the best approach to timely completion of the project constituted a five-member committee for that task and to further review among other things pre-contract activities.

“The committee’s report disclosed, amongst other things, that Avic International Engineering Limited provided engineering and architectural designs. The report revealed that the contractors produced contract bills of quantities without the input of the relevant departments of government in vetting the designs, specifications, and bills. In contrast, contract documents were unavailable at the time of contract award.

“The contract was awarded to Avic International Engineering Limited vide contract notifications No. FGPC/SEC/NOT/2019/055 dated 15th May 2019 in the sum of N11,551,899,123.00 0nly. The committee also found that the preliminary approvals from the relevant regulatory bodies in the aviation industry were not obtained before the commencement of work on the project.

“A consultant, BJ Aerotronic Limited, was employed to take charge of the project and to obtain all the necessary approvals from the relevant regulatory bodies only after work had commenced on the site. Payments were made to the contractors without valuation and essential certification from the relevant Agencies of Government.

“Therefore, the committee suggests discrepancies between the contract Bills of Quantities and engineering, architectural designs and specifications.

“Total net payments made to the contractors were 30% as Advance Payment of the sum of N3,465,569,736.90 by Ministry of Finance (MOF) on June 19, 2020; the sum of N2,310,379,824.60 by Ministry of Finance (MOF) was again paid as the second instalment on June 19, 2020, in the name of a loan, (a term not familiar in governments’ contract procedures and management’); another payment of N825,000,000.00 by Ministry of Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs (MLGCA) was made as the third instalment on October 25, 2021.

“These payments amounted to N6, 600, 989, 561.50. After which N125,000,000.00 was paid to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on January 31, 2022, while BJ Aerotronic Limited was paid N50,000,000.00 on January 31, 2022, supposedly as a consultancy fee.

“Of all the payments, only the advance payment had payment vouchers, with mandates available in the other payments. There were no indications of any deductions for Value Added Tax (VAT), Withholding tax and other taxes.

“The administration of former Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle made a total payment of N6,775,949,561.50 on the abandoned project whose completion level was less than 20%.

“Furthermore, evaluations carried out by four different independent firms of experts and relevant agencies of government have shown that the total value of work done is N2,249,636,040.73, representing 19.47% overall.

“It is our finding that the payments made to the contractors were not only incommensurate with the level of work executed but grossly incomparable with work done.

“The committee concluded that the contractors were no longer interested in executing and completing the project, taking into cognisance the fraudulent ways the project has been carried out, because the project’s life span had elapsed, and the contractor did neither attempt nor show any intention to apply for an extension of time to continue with the work.

“After all the evaluations carried out by the four reputable consultants, the contractors are supposed to refund the Zamfara State government over N4,526,313,520.77.

“As a responsible government, we will continue to pursue all cases of mismanagement and ensure that what rightfully belongs to Zamfara is returned for the benefit of its people, and anyone involved in the mismanagement is brought to book.”

GOV. LAWAL VISITS ANKA GENERAL HOSPITAL, REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO ENHANCED HEALTHCARE IN ZAMFARA

Governor Dauda Lawal reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to improving access to quality healthcare in Zamfara State.

Governor Lawal paid an unscheduled visit to Anka General Hospital on Friday.

A statement by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that the unscheduled visit to Anka General Hospital showed a commitment to ensuring that healthcare facilities are operating at their best.

He added that the governor inspected the hospital facilities and visited cholera patients.

The statement said: “In Anka local government, Governor Lawal visited the General Hospital for an assessment of the condition of the hospital where he promised to provide the necessary resources to upgrade the hospital and equip the medical staff with the essential tools and equipment to deliver top-notch healthcare services.

“The Governor reaffirmed his determination to enhance the overall health and well-being of the people of Zamfara by ensuring they have easy and economic access to top-quality healthcare services.

“Furthermore, Governor Lawal took the opportunity to personally pay his respects to the Sarkin Zamfaran Anka, the Emir of Anka, His Royal Highness Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad, who is recovering from injuries sustained during a fire in his residence. The Governor expressed his sympathy and wished the Emir a speedy recovery.”

Governor Dauda Lawal Appoints Heads of Agencies and Staff For Urban Renewal Project

Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal has approved the appointment of new Heads of Agencies and additional staff for the Urban Renewal project.

The appointments were part of the Zamfara State Government’s resolve to ensure the successful implementation of the state-wide infrastructure and urban renewal project and to perfect ways of generating revenue for the State.

A statement issued on Tuesday by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said that the appointments were announced by the Secretary to the State Government, Mallam Abubakar Nakwada, in Gusau, the State capital.

He added that the appointments include that of the Executive Secretaries for Zamfara Geographic Information Services (ZAGIS) and Zamfara Urban and Regional Planning Board (ZUREPB).

“The Governor approved the appointment of ESV. Abubakar Muhammad T/Mafara as the Executive Secretary of Zamfara Geographic Information Services (ZAGIS) and TPL. Abdullahi Bala as the Executive Secretary of Zamfara Urban and Regional Planning Board (ZUREPB).

“To ensure successful implementation and monitoring of the ongoing Urban Renewal project, the Governor further approved the appointment of additional assistants.

“Furthermore, the Governor approved the appointment of TPL. Ibrahim Muhammad as Senior Special Assistant (Town and Country Planning).

“Other appointments are Arc. Abdullahi Shehu, Special Assistant (Project Planning and Design); Bldr. Jibo Dango, Special Assistant (Construction); Engr. Bakwai Sa’idu Zurmi, Special Assistant (Electrical and Mechanical Projects); Engr. Abdullahi Bangaje, Special Assistant (Road Projects), and Q.S Muhammad Sambo Nahuce, Special Assistant (Project Evaluation and Estimation).”