Hassan Muhammed Lawal is a Nigerian politician from Nasarawa State who has served as Federal Minister of Labour, and then of Works and Housing, between 2004 and 2010.
Lawal, was born in Keffi, Nasarawa State. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) in 1978 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1979. He later obtained an LLM and PHD in Law from University of Warwick, England. He was appointed Sub-Dean of the faculty of Law of the University of Jos and head of the Department of Private Law (1987 – 1990).
Leaving academia, Lawal became the Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of the NNPC Refinery Company in Port-Harcourt (1990-1995). From 1995 to 1997 he was the Special Assistant to the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
He was appointed General Manager Services of the NNPC Joint Venture, NAPIMS in 1997.
Lawal retired from NNPC and entered politics in 1999. In 2001 he was appointed Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Shippers Council, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Transport.
President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him Federal Minister of Labour and Productivity in 2004. He was retained in this position in July 2007 by President Umaru Yar’Adua. In a cabinet reshuffle, he was appointed Minister of Works and Housing on 17 December 2008.
He left office in March 2010 when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet.