Spokesperson for the ministry, Tijjani Ciroma, confirmed the death in Damaturu.
He said Mr Lawal, 57, died in a car crash on Potiskum to Azare Road at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Mr Ciroma said the deceased was on his way to Kano to board a flight to Abuja for an official function.
The spokesperson said funeral prayers for the deceased would be held by 11:00 a.m. at Yobe Islamic Centre, Damaturu.
Mr Lawal was appointed as a commissioner in 2019.
He was a member of the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2015.
Mr Lawal is survived by two wives and many children.