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GOVERNOR DAUDA LAWAL ATTENDS ABU CONVOCATION, SAYS EDUCATION REMAINS TOP PRIORITY

GOVERNOR DAUDA LAWAL ATTENDS ABU CONVOCATION, SAYS EDUCATION REMAINS TOP PRIORITY

Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, has described education as the top priority for building a prosperous and sustainable society.

Governor Lawal highlighted the significance of education while briefing journalists during the 43rd Convocation of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. At the ceremony on Saturday, 25,432 graduates were awarded various degrees.

A statement by the Governor’s Spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, revealed that Governor Lawal is an alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University and has made significant philanthropic contributions to the university.

He said the Zamfara governor contributed to various learning institutions within and outside Zamfara State due to his passion for education development.

He said: “Today, Governor Dauda Lawal attended the 43rd convocation ceremony of his alma mater, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

“Since his days in the banking sector, he has been passionate about education development and has always considered giving back to society.

“Governor Lawal constructed a three-story building comprising lecture halls and offices. Additionally, he donated a new Costa bus to the Department of Political Science, where he graduated.”

In November last year, Governor Dauda Lawal declared a state of emergency on education in Zamfara State.

In line with the declaration, Governor Lawal’s administration has commenced the construction and renovation of 245 schools across the 14 local government areas of Zamfara; provision of two-seater desks for pupils and students, totalling 9,542 across schools in the 14 local government areas; equipping the constructed and renovated 245 schools with 619 tables and 926 chairs for teachers.

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

EDUCATION: GOV. LAWAL LEADS ZAMFARA OFFICIALS TO KIGALI FOR BESDA RETREAT

Governor Dauda Lawal led a delegation of officials from Zamfara to Kigali for a four-day retreat marking the end of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) in the State.

The retreat commenced on Monday, 4th December, with a series of events aimed at revamping the educational sector in Zamfara State.

According to a statement by the Governor’s Spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, BESDA is a World Bank initiative that aims to improve literacy rates and provide equal access to education for out-of-school children in Nigeria.

The statement added that the BESDA program aims to improve basic education and strengthen accountability for results in states like Zamfara.

He said: “In line with the recent declaration of a state of emergency on education in Zamfara, Governor Dauda Lawal led a high-powered delegation comprising the Secretary to the State Government, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Executive Chairman of the Zamfara State UBE, and others to Rwanda for a retreat.

“The United Nations organised a four-day retreat as part of its Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme. The programme aims to reduce the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, which is currently the highest in the world according to UNESCO.

“In an interaction with the Rwandan Ministry of Education, the Zamfara State delegation held vital engagements on policies, strategies, programs, mechanisms, and initiatives for addressing Gender-Based Violence in schools (lessons learnt, achievement, challenges, and way forward).

“Other vital areas discussed are policies, strategies, and programs to address early pregnancy cases in schools and support provided identified cases.

“The Zamfara delegation also had a brainstorming session with the Rwandan Basic Education Board, where ideas were exchanged, especially on the overview of the work of the board and possible ways to improve the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education.

“Governor Lawal’s entourage also visited selected Public Schools (outside Kigali) with smart classroom settings to adopt and implement the same in Zamfara public schools.

“During a visit to the African Leadership University, Governor Lawal secured scholarships for Zamfara indigenes displaced by banditry in the State.”

MY GOVT. IS DETERMINED TO INVEST IN GIRL-CHILD EDUCATION, SAYS ZAMFARA GOVERNOR

Governor Dauda Lawal has reiterated his administration’s commitment to invest massively in girl-child education across Zamfara State.

On Thursday, Governor Lawal attended an awareness lecture on gender-based violence, organized by the office of the Zamfara State First Lady, Hajiya Huriyya Dauda Lawal, as part of the 16-day activism.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, the Governor called for a collective response against gender-based violence.

The statement added that the awareness program is one of the critical events of the office of the First Lady in its efforts to improve the lives of girl-children in Zamfara state.

While delivering his remark, Governor Dauda Lawal said that Zamfara has been unfortunately infested with insecurity for over ten years, which gave rise to insecurity.

“The insecurity in Zamfara gave rise to the internal displacement of several communities, and the victims are mainly girls and women.

“Gender-based violence is a serious problem that we face as people. Therefore, we are developing programmes aimed at solving this massive inequality by investing in prevention and public enlightenment and creating access to education as well as economic development.

“We are particularly determined to invest more in girl-child education by encouraging parents to send their girl-child to school.

“I recently approved massive renovations of some girls’ secondary schools, College of Health Technology, and College of Health Sciences across Zamfara.

“It is pleasing to report that there has been a significant increase in enrollment of girls in schools, which is a positive development.

Earlier, during her speech, the First Lady of Zamfara State, Hajiya Huriyya Dauda Lawal, commended the State government for addressing issues related to girls’ education.

“Today, we have gathered together to declare with one voice that enough is enough! As the First Lady of Zamfara State, it is my unwavering commitment to stand as an advocate of change – a catalyst for a society where every person, regardless of gender, can thrive in safety and equity.” She said.

I’LL RESTORE THE GLORY OF EDUCATION IN ZAMFARA, SAYS GOVERNOR LAWAL

Governor Dauda Lawal has assured that his administration will restore the glory of education in Zamfara State.

Giving assurance at the official launch of the commencement of construction and renovation of schools, Governor Lawal reaffirmed his commitment to the revitalisation of education.

A statement by the Spokesperson of the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that the State Government is prioritising education in fulfilment of the campaign promises made.

According to him, the commencement of the projects aligns with the State of Emergency declared in the education sector.

He said: “During the presentation of award letters for school construction and renovation in Zamfara State, Governor Lawal expressed his commitment to completely revamping the education sector.

“The flag-off exercise is for the construction and renovation of classrooms, WASH facilities, school fencing, and the provision of furniture for students and teachers in our schools, all in the spirit of the state of emergency the government declared.

“The projects are going to be executed by reputable indigenous contractors. The projects include the complete rehabilitation of the dilapidated schools across the 14 Local Government Areas. This is in addition to new ones, including Tsangaya schools across the three zones of Anka, Kaura Namoda, and Gusau.

“For the execution of these projects, the sum of Four Billion Three Hundred and Forty-Six Million Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Two Hundred and Nine Naira Nineteen Kobo only (4,346,450,209.19) has been earmarked by the government. The project contractors have been carefully selected based on their integrity and experience handling similar projects.”

“The project involves constructing and renovating 245 schools across the 14 local government areas in the state. Additionally, 9,542 two-seater desks will be provided for pupils and students in schools across the 14 local government areas.”

I’LL REVAMP EDUCATION IN ZAMFARA, SAYS GOVERNOR LAWAL

Governor Dauda Lawal has reiterated his administration’s commitment to revitalising the education sector in Zamfara State.

On Monday, Governor Lawal conducted an inspection tour of the College of Nursing and Command Science Secondary School (Girls) in the state capital of Gusau.

According to a statement by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, the inspection tour was characterised by a meticulous assessment of the facilities, considering every detail to ensure that these educational institutions meet the highest standards.

He added that throughout the tour, Governor Lawal demonstrated his commitment to education by closely examining every aspect of the facilities and leaving no stone unturned in his quest to identify improvement areas.

“The inspection tour began with Command Science Secondary School (Girls), where Major SN Odeh received and briefed the Governor and his entourage on the condition of the school and the management’s prayers to the government.

“In his remark, Governor Lawal mentioned that he had met with the Commander of the Army Education Corps last week and had promised to conduct an inspection tour of the army schools in Zamfara. The objective of the visit was to evaluate the schools and identify areas that needed improvement so that the government could enhance the education standard of the state.

“The Governor said he is with the Commissioner of Education, who has also seen and heard all the school’s challenges. He promised to assist in ensuring that Command Science Secondary School operates effectively.

“Following a thorough inspection of the classrooms, dormitory, kitchen, and dining hall, Governor Dauda Lawal firmly reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to enhancing the overall condition of Command Science Secondary School.”

“At the Zamfara State College of Nursing Sciences Gusau, Governor Dauda Lawal was received by the provost, Zayyanu Muhammad Isa. The Provost acknowledged the Governor’s past contributions to the college, including constructing 250-capacity hostels for males and females and other facilities before he was elected as the State’s governor.

“The Governor vowed to do more in the college and other institutions of learning across the State.”

GOV. LAWAL RECEIVES ARMY EDUCATION CORPS, RESTATES COMMITMENT TO CONTINUOUS SUPPORT

Governor Dauda Lawal has restated his administration’s commitment to continuous support for Army Schools in the State.

The Zamfara State Governor, On Thursday, received the Commander of the Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC), Major General Bello Alhaji Tsoho, in Gusau.

A statement by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said that the purpose of the visit was to establish a strong relationship between the Army Education Corps and the Zamfara State Government.

He added that the Commander of the Corps seeks continuous support for the educational establishment of the Army in the State.

He said: “Governor Lawal emphasised that education is a top priority for his administration. The government is taking all necessary measures to make a positive impact.

“The Governor assured the Corps Commander of his commitment to provide all necessary assistance to the Gusau and Talata Mafara Army schools.

“The State Government is committed to improving the education system in Zamfara. As part of his efforts, Governor Lawal will visit the Command Science Secondary School in Gusau and the Army Secondary School in Talata Mafara to assess the condition of these schools. By identifying areas of improvement, he hopes to create a better learning environment for our children and ensure they receive a quality education.

“He promised to sign the MoU within a week, sponsor indigenes for enrolment into the Army Schools, and improve infrastructure for an enabling environment.

Earlier, the Commander of the Corps, Major General Bello Alhaji Tsoho, noted that Zamfara is taking significant steps towards enhancing the educational system by having two Army Schools, even though most Northern States currently have none of such institutions.

“I am here to inspect Army Schools, interact, and build relationships with His Excellency and the Zamfara State Government.

“One of the main issues is signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the State Government and the Army Education Corps.

“There is also the issue of low patronage. I appeal to you to kindly consider sponsoring indigenes to enrol in the schools.”

GOV. LAWAL INTERVENES, OFFERS EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT FOR 66 ZAMFARA STUDENTS

Governor Dauda Lawal has taken a compassionate step to assist the 66 Zamfara students evacuated from Sudan.

Sixty-six Zamfara State Government-sponsored students were evacuated from Sudan due to the ongoing war.

A statement by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that on Monday, the commissioner of Education briefed members of the State Executive Council on the intervention of the Government.

He added that 14 out of 66 students who were studying Nursing could not take their final exams due to the war in Sudan.

The statement read in parts: “Last month, Governor Dauda Lawal authorised the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology to make arrangements with the Sudanese University management to conduct exams for 14 Zamfara students, to be held in Nigeria, which is not among the four designated examination centres of the University across the world.

“The State Government requested the approval of Usman Danfodio University Sokoto’s teaching hospital facilities for the examination.

“The Zamfara State Government, under the leadership of His Excellency Dauda Lawal, displayed exemplary compassion by covering the flight expenses, accommodation, and feeding of three examiners from Sudan University who came to Nigeria for the exams. This gesture exemplifies the government’s commitment to supporting education and creating a conducive environment for learning.

“The Zamfara State Government transported and accommodated 14 students from Gusau to Sokoto, where they took their final exams from September 23rd to September 30th, 2023.

“Moreover, the government is arranging full scholarships for the remaining 52 students to complete their studies at various universities in Nigeria.

“The Ministry has already collected the names of 30 students out of the 52 who have completed their documentation with the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja. The documentation is required for their placement in Nigerian universities. Once all documentation is complete, the Ministry will facilitate the placement of the remaining 12 students.”

WE’LL ENSURE ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR EDUCATION IN ZAMFARA, SAYS GOVERNOR LAWAL

Governor Dauda Lawal, on Wednesday, reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure adequate provision of funding in Zamfara State’s annual budget for education.

The Governor gave the assurance during the 23rd matriculation ceremony of Zamfara College of Arts and Science (ZACAS) in Gusau.

A statement by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that the matriculation ceremony was held at the college premises in Gusau.

He added that the Zamfara College of Arts and Science (ZACAS) comprises the School of Science Technology, Legal Studies, School of Art and Humanities, School of Mass Communication and Information, School of Preliminary Studies, and IJMB.

The statement read in parts: “The matriculation ceremony marked the ushering in of newly admitted 2,369 students for the institution’s 2023/2024 academic session.

“In his remark, Governor Dauda Lawal said that the significant number of students who have graduated from the institution over the years speaks volumes about the College’s effectiveness in fulfilling its obligations.

“The Governor pledged to provide high-quality, inclusive education for all residents of Zamfara State, regardless of social standing, in alignment with the Social Development Goals on education.

“He conveyed his admiration for the remarkable efforts of the college in providing opportunities to the youth, adding that his government will address challenges facing tertiary institutions, including funding, laboratories, affiliation, accreditation, and institutional structure upgrades.

“As part of his administration’s commitment to prioritising education, Governor Lawal reassured his will to invest massively in upgrading the infrastructure and other learning tools in all tertiary institutions.

“Earlier, the Provost of the Zamfara College of Arts and Science (ZACAS), Dr. Yakubu Sani, commended Governor Dauda Lawal for being the highest provider of scholarships in the past decade.

“The provost acknowledged that over the past ten years, the Governor has annually provided scholarships to more than 200 ZACAS students from personal funds.”

WE’LL ENSURE ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR EDUCATION IN ZAMFARA, SAYS GOVERNOR LAWAL

Governor Dauda Lawal, on Wednesday, reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure adequate provision of funding in Zamfara State’s annual budget for education.

The Governor gave the assurance during the 23rd matriculation ceremony of Zamfara College of Arts and Science (ZACAS) in Gusau.

A statement by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that the matriculation ceremony was held at the college premises in Gusau.

He added that the Zamfara College of Arts and Science (ZACAS) comprises the School of Science Technology, Legal Studies, School of Art and Humanities, School of Mass Communication and Information, School of Preliminary Studies, and IJMB.

The statement read in parts: “The matriculation ceremony marked the ushering in of newly admitted 2,369 students for the institution’s 2023/2024 academic session.

“In his remark, Governor Dauda Lawal said that the significant number of students who have graduated from the institution over the years speaks volumes about the College’s effectiveness in fulfilling its obligations.

“The Governor pledged to provide high-quality, inclusive education for all residents of Zamfara State, regardless of social standing, in alignment with the Social Development Goals on education.

“He conveyed his admiration for the remarkable efforts of the college in providing opportunities to the youth, adding that his government will address challenges facing tertiary institutions, including funding, laboratories, affiliation, accreditation, and institutional structure upgrades.

“As part of his administration’s commitment to prioritising education, Governor Lawal reassured his will to invest massively in upgrading the infrastructure and other learning tools in all tertiary institutions.

“Earlier, the Provost of the Zamfara College of Arts and Science (ZACAS), Dr. Yakubu Sani, commended Governor Dauda Lawal for being the highest provider of scholarships in the past decade.

“The provost acknowledged that over the past ten years, the Governor has annually provided scholarships to more than 200 ZACAS students from personal funds.”