Inheriting a Bankrupt State
Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State revealed that his administration inherited an empty treasury from his predecessor, Bello Matawalle. Upon assuming power on May 29, 2023, the state was in a dire financial state, with nothing left. Governor Lawal emphasized that his administration faced significant challenges due to the mismanagement of resources under the previous leadership.
Education Crisis and Debt Overhang
Governor Lawal highlighted the severe education crisis in Zamfara State. Due to the state’s financial woes, students were unable to sit for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations. The state had an outstanding debt of about N1.6 billion to WAEC and N1.4 billion to the National Examinations Council (NECO). To address this issue, the new administration paid off the outstanding NECO debt, allowing the students to participate in the upcoming examinations. Governor Lawal emphasized the importance of education and the government’s commitment to reconstructing primary schools and enhancing the teachers’ capacity.
Rebuilding and Seeking Support
Governor Lawal assured the professionals in Zamfara State of his commitment to change the situation for the better. He recognized the need for support from various sectors to rebuild the state and improve the overall welfare of the people. The governor emphasized the importance of education alongside security, highlighting that without education, progress would be impeded. The state government has already initiated efforts to reconstruct primary schools and enhance the productivity of teachers, signaling a proactive approach to revitalize the education sector.