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Muhammad M. Ali

Maiduguri, Nigeria
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About Muhammad
Muhammad M. Ali is a journalist based in Maiduguri, Nigeria.
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This investigation exposed abuse of procurement procedure at the state level. It also exposed shoddy deals between government officials as against the interest of public.

Security challenges ahead of Tinubu’s presidency

22 May 2023  |  yen.ng
The article discusses the security challenges that await Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the president-elect of Nigeria, who is set to be inaugurated on May 29, 2023. It highlights the post-election violence and the potential for increased ethnic, religious, and communal conflicts, especially given the Muslim-Muslim composition of the incoming presidency. The article also touches on the ongoing issues of terrorism, with a focus on Boko Haram, and the efforts to manage surrendered fighters and their families. Kidnapping and abduction rates have decreased, but the government must continue to address this issue. Cybersecurity is another concern due to technological advancements. Additionally, the article mentions the economic forecast by KPMG, which predicts a rise in unemployment, and the resource-based conflicts, particularly in the Niger Delta region, that the new government will need to tackle.

INVESTIGATION: Gombe retirees languishing in poverty, as govt still struggles to clear over 10 years’ liability

19 Sep 2022  |  yen.ng
The article investigates the plight of retirees in Gombe State, Nigeria, who are languishing in poverty due to the non-payment of their retirement benefits. The state government has not paid gratuity since 2014, resulting in an accumulated liability of over N14 billion by 2019. Despite Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya's efforts to address the backlog, the debt remains substantial, with many retirees still awaiting payment. The situation has led to severe hardships for the families of the retirees, with some even dying before receiving their dues. The article includes personal accounts from affected retirees and comments from an official of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners. The state government acknowledges the liability but attributes the problem to the previous administration. The article also mentions a discrepancy in the reported state debt, with The Guardian fact-checking and correcting the figure from N110 billion to N74 billion.

IDP Zara builds family biz in cap-making. But can that bring home her dream of being a doctor?

15 May 2022  |  yen.ng
The article tells the story of Zara Mustapha, an 18-year-old internally displaced person (IDP) at Doron Baga Camp in Borno, Nigeria, who has learned to knit and sell caps to support her family. Despite the challenges of living in the camp and having to drop out of school, Zara has sold over 19 caps and taught her sisters the trade, creating a small family business. The training that enabled her to perfect her knitting skills was provided by Street Child of Nigeria in collaboration with the Borno State Agency for Mass Literacy. Zara aspires to become a doctor and continues to seek ways to return to school. The article also touches on the exploitation of cap knitters by buyers who undervalue their products and the role of middlemen in the market. It mentions initiatives like the Borno Tech Forum, which aims to improve value exchange and is developing an e-commerce platform that could help entrepreneurs like Zara. The story was supported by Journalists for Christ, WACC, and Bread for the World.

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