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.”


Governor Dauda Lawal has pledged full support to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Zamfara State.

The Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Zamfara paid a courtesy visit to the Government House in Gusau on Tuesday.

A statement by the Governor’s Spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, revealed that the Commandant raised significant concerns related to the fight against drug abuse in the State.

The statement reiterated Governor Lawal’s commitment to collaborating with the NDLEA to ensure a drug-free state.

He said: “Responding to the demands of the commandant, Governor Lawal restated his commitment to fighting drug abuse and building a drug-free society across all local government areas.

“The State Government requires a mutual understanding with the NDLEA in tackling the menace of drug abuse; we would also provide all necessary support needed to cripple drug smuggling into the State.

“The Governor stated that drug use is a significant factor contributing to the ongoing insecurity in the state. As many of the bandits operate under drug influence, it is our responsibility to find a lasting solution to the issue.

“He promised to renovate the Gusau rehab centre, provide proper accommodation and offices for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and furnish the agency’s officers with operational vehicles for efficient operations.

Earlier, the Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Zamfara, Bamidele Amos Segun, explained the agency’s role in curtailing drug abuse and smuggling in the State.

He said: “I am honoured to be in your presence today and grateful for the Almighty God who blessed Zamfara with a person like you.

“Based on what we have observed, it appears that under your watch, Zamfara State is making progress towards complete recovery. As members of the NDLEA, we are committed to providing our utmost support to your government in fulfilling our constitutional duty of reducing drug abuse to the minimum.”


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.”

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.”