History and Background of Zamfara State Governor-Elect


Born on the 2nd of September 1965 in Gusau, the capital city of Zamfara State. Lawal obtained both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Political Science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna state.

In appreciation of his numerous services to humanity and country, he was awarded the honorary Doctorate Degree by Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto. In similar vein, the IHERIS University of Togo awarded him with another Doctorate Degree. He received the prestigious African Achievers Award in 2021 at the Kensington Palace London United Kingdom.

After his return to Nigeria in 2003, Dauda Lawal was engaged in Banking, Community service and academic Self-improvement. He attended several courses at home and abroad; the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, the London Business School, Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania, Oxford University Business School, International Faculty of Finance, London, Fitch Training, London and New York, The Asian Banker, Accenture, Lagos Business School, Euromoney, Ernst and Young among others.


He joined the Board of FirstBank in 2012 and until his appointment as the Executive Director, North, he was the Executive Director, Public Sector, North. He was previously Executive Vice President, of Public Sector (North). He held several management positions within the bank including Business Development Manager (BDM), Maitama, Abuja, where he grew the bank’s business with the Abuja Metropolis as his principal remit.


He has over 26 years post qualification experience which covers commercial and public-sector banking. Dauda’s dexterity recorded strong achievements while he was an Executive Director. He was a two-time recipient of the FirstBank CEO Merit Award for Outstanding Performance as the “Best Business Development Manager” in 2006 and “The Most Enterprising Staff” in 2009.