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, on Thursday, sought more support for the Internally Displaced Persons across Zamfara State.
The Governor appealed for support while receiving the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, in Zamfara State.
A statement by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said that the minister visited Zamfara for the official opening and handing over 40 fully completed and functional houses as a refugee resettlement city project.
He added that the Governor accompanied the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs to visit the Federal University Gusau, where they met with university authorities and students rescued from kidnappers.
The statement read in parts: “In his speech at the opening ceremony, Governor Lawal appreciates the efforts of other federal agencies like the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the various humanitarian support and interventions they have provided to the State over the years and recently.
“He said that it is a well-known fact that Zamfara State faces formidable security challenges, and these challenges can only be resolved through effective collaboration with the Federal Government, neighbouring states, and all stakeholders in security matters. Above all, we must always do what is correct at the right time.
“Lawal further reiterated that it is regrettable to admit that banditry has led to many impoverished individuals, orphans, widows, and internally displaced persons, especially in rural areas. This has placed the State at the top of the list of significant flashpoints of violence and vulnerable persons/households in the Northwestern States and the entire nation.
“Regarding the resettlement city for Persons of Concern in Zamfara State, it is essential to note that since the inception of this administration, we have been addressing the issue of Internally Displaced Persons in all parts of the State. Providing an IDP resettlement facility in the State Capital, Gusau is a welcome development.
“We appreciate the Federal Government’s collaborative efforts in alleviating the suffering of our people. In this regard, the Government and the good people of Zamfara State remain grateful for this kind gesture.”
While delivering her remarks, the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, commended Governor Dauda Lawal for his unending efforts in ensuring the well-being of the displaced persons across the State.
“It gives me great pleasure to be present at this momentous occasion of the official opening and handover of the resettlement city to the Government and people of Zamfara State for the benefit of the Persons of Concern.
“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Governor Lawal, who is compassionate about the plight of the displaced persons in the State.
“I have heard all the pleas by the State government. I would pass the message to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for more support and interventions for the displaced persons in Zamfara.
“The beneficiaries of these houses would also benefit from the Federal Government’s monthly cash transfer to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal,” she said.
Governor Dauda Lawal, on Thursday, received the older woman who was displaced by bandits and featured in a viral video.
A recent video shows a mother and her children being displaced by bandits forced to eat grass to survive.
A statement by the Governor’s Spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that the plight of the displaced woman highlights the urgent need for action to address the root causes of displacement and ensure that families have access to necessities.
He added that the Governor hosted the displaced woman as a demonstration of his unwavering dedication to safeguarding the lives and welfare of all citizens in Zamfara.
“Today, Governor Dauda Lawal received Hauwa’u Halliru, a victim who lost everything due to banditry.
“Governor Lawal expressed his commitment to ending insecurity in the state and offered condolences to families affected by banditry.
“As a compassionate leader, Governor Lawal promptly provided the displaced woman with a roof over her head and a comfortable and well-furnished home.
“He reassured her of his government’s determination to feed her family with sufficient food and other necessities, ensuring that she could rebuild her life with dignity and security.
“Furthermore, His Excellency instructed the Commissioner of Education, Science, and Technology to ensure her children’s immediate enrollment and full scholarship.
“He also urged all relevant authorities to intensify efforts in identifying vulnerable families facing similar challenges and provide them with necessary support.
“In his remarks, Comrade Salisu Umar, the Chairman of the Human Rights Defenders, expressed his deep admiration for the State Governor’s commitment to the safety and welfare of the people.
“He lauded the Governor’s proactive approach and stated that it was the first time he had witnessed such a display of leadership in the State, adding that his words echoed the sentiment of the people, who have long awaited a leader who puts their needs first.”
Governor Dauda Lawal, on Wednesday, presided over the Zamfara State Security Council meeting.
The meeting convened at the council chamber of the Government House in Gusau was attended by the heads of the State’s security agencies.
A statement by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that Governor Lawal also inaugurated the steering committee of the Community Protection Guard (CPG).
He added that the council deliberated on various strategies to tackle the disturbing cases of banditry, kidnapping, and other criminal activities in the State.
The statement read in parts: “At the State Security Council meeting, Governor Dauda Lawal commended the effort of the security forces who put their lives in line to ensure a peaceful Zamfara.
“Governor Lawal was given a comprehensive update on the status of the remaining kidnapped victims and the measures implemented to guarantee their safe return.
“The heads of the security agencies also reviewed the progress made so far in implementing previous security measures and made recommendations for further improvement.
“Similarly, at the end of the security council meeting, Governor Dauda Lawal inaugurated the Steering Committee for the Establishment of Community Protection Guards.
“The Committee has been constituted and entrusted with the primary responsibility of devising an implementable framework that will enable the immediate commencement of the activities of the proposed Community Protection Guards.
“The Committee is under the chairmanship of His Excellency, the State Deputy Governor, Malam Mani Malam Mumini, and its members selected from relevant stakeholders and organisations.
“The committee would study the problems experienced as a result of the activities of the banned ‘Yan Sa Kai’ and the suggestions outlined in the reports of the security agencies. To develop implementable ways of establishing the Community Protection Guard in the State.
“Furthermore, the committee is expected to propose the structure, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), enabling law and remunerations of the Community Protection Guard at State, Local Government, and Wards levels; To recommend best ways of recruiting the personnel to avoid engagement of unmerited persons in the job.
“To take any other measures deemed necessary for the successful conduct of the assignment; To Conclude the assignment and submit a report within 30 days.”