Governor Dauda Lawal Flags Off Distribution of Palliatives, Charges Committee Member on Fairness

Governor Dauda Lawal on Tuesday flagged off the distribution of palliatives in Zamfara State, reiterating that the food distribution is meant for all Zamfara citizens regardless of their political affiliation.

At the symbolic ceremony, Governor Lawal tasked the committee responsible for distributing the palliatives to be fair and just.

The Governor’s Spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, in a statement issued in Gusau, stressed that as a stop-gap measure, Zamfara State is rolling out support initiatives aimed at alleviating the hardships faced by the people due to the fuel subsidy removal.

He added that the Federal Government has granted each of the states of the federation and its Local Governments a loan of N5 billion at a 42% discount.

The statement read in parts: “In his remark at the flag-off ceremony, Governor Lawal cautioned committee members to prioritise the fear of Allah above all other considerations, saying that the Government will not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions to anyone found diverting the items or engaging in activities contrary to the agreed distribution procedure.

“Zamfara State has received N2 billion of the allocation. The State Government has received 11,877 bags of 50-kilogram rice and 2,834 bags of 25-kilogram rice for distribution across 6 Local Government Areas in this initial phase.

“The second batch of the Federal Government’s food palliative distribution for the remaining 8 Local Government Areas will commence as soon as the delivery is received.

“The State is scheduled to receive 14,516 bags of 50kg of rice and 3,200 metric tons of maise for distribution to all polling units across the State. The Government also pledged to supplement the N5 billion with additional funds.

“Also, for a fair distribution of these support items, Governor Lawal has set up a committee chaired by His Excellency, the Deputy Governor.

“Each LGA will receive an average of 2,000 bags of grains. Fertilisers, farm machinery, and improved seedlings will also be distributed to our people, along with the provision of arable land in every Local Government to support the national policy on food security.

“Furthermore, 50 HiAce 18-seater Buses will also be made available to facilitate inter and intra-state transportation at relatively low prices. The operational model is currently under development. The payment of scholarships to our students is undergoing review for implementation.

“Ten thousand youths will be engaged as an environmental task force team. Over 300,000 youths will be employed in various schemes, including agricultural activities.”

Gov. Lawal Commends SDG Youth Over Plans to Install Solar Power Across Zamfara.

August 30, 2023

Zamfara Governor, Dauda Lawal, on Wednesday, renewed his administration’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDG) Youth.

The delegation of the SDG Youth was in Zamfara State to brief the governor on the solar power initiatives for selected tertiary institutions across Nigeria.

A statement by the spokesperson to the governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that the SDG Youth has selected Zamfara among the 12 states to implement the solar project.

He said: “Governor Dauda Lawal, while receiving the delegation of the SDG Youth, reiterated his administration’s readiness to provide necessary support they may require.

“He expressed his appreciation for the selection of Zamfara among the 12 states that would benefit from the installation of solar power across Nigeria.

“The SDG Youth project aimed at providing 100KV Solar Power to the College of Education (COE) Maru and would also train over 50 youths on the installation and maintenance of solar power.

“The delegation stated that the project is fully sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Government and BME Korean under the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) and coordinated by SDG Youth Headquarters in South Korea.

“Governor Dauda Lawal further stated that he purposely chose the College of Education Maru for the pilot project of the solar installation as part of his resolve to overhaul the educational sector in Zamfara State.

“The delegation said the visit will provide an opportunity for the State to advance Youth development in the areas of smart farming; scholarship opportunities; Primary Health Care; Sports Development; Girl Child Education and Information Technology.

“The SDG Youth delegation comprises senior government officials from Abuja led by the Nigeria/African regional representative, Mr. Uzoh Ifeanyi C.”