CrispNG’s Hamzat Abaga selected for ICIR fellowship on public accountability

 CrispNG’s Hamzat Abaga selected for ICIR fellowship on public accountability

Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga, an investigative journalist with Crisp Nigeria (CrispNG), has been selected to participate in Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge (SPARK 2) Fellowship. 

The initiative, organized by the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) and funded by the International Budget Partnerships (IBP), aims to empower journalists in delving into critical investigative reporting.

Abaga joins a cohort of journalists hailing from diverse regions across Nigeria, collectively chosen to embark on this enlightening journey. ICIR has pledged unwavering support to the fellows, facilitating the creation of impactful investigative reports. 

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Furthermore, participating media organizations, including Crisp Nigeria, will afford their journalists the opportunity to engage in the project’s activities, including an upcoming two-day intensive training program.

Having previously contributed to SPARK 1 in 2022, Abaga showcased his prowess by spotlighting issues surrounding key Federal Government health initiatives, namely the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) and the Midwives Service Scheme (MSS). 

The six-month fellowship during SPARK 1 focused on specific states, including Niger, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, and others, where Abaga’s insightful reporting made a significant impact.

Expressing his enthusiasm for this year’s fellowship, Abaga articulated his anticipation of crafting narratives that resonate deeply. He eagerly looks forward to absorbing knowledge from seasoned journalists and believes this opportunity will facilitate invaluable growth in his craft. 

“I’m excited to be part of this year’s edition of the fellowship, and I look forward to telling an impactful story. 

“It will enable to learn, relearn and unlearn from season journalists during the fellowship. Thank you to ICIR for the opportunity”.


Abaga, a Mass Communication graduate from Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai, Niger State, class of 2021, boasts a rich background in investigative journalism, with a keen focus on social justice, health, and developmental stories.

His impressive track record has earned him nominations for various fellowships, and he has lent his expertise to both national and international platforms.

His work has graced esteemed platforms such as Transcontinental Times (US), International Journalists Network (IJNET), and The Nation Newspaper, cementing his reputation as a distinguished voice in the field of investigative journalism.

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