The newly constructed Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) house has been renamed after Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua who recently kicked the bucket on Monday by the Nigerian Press Organisation.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Nduka Obaigbena, the president of the organisation which comprises of the The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), The Newspapers’ Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), and Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).
Funtua’s contributions to the development of Journalism are countless in the country, the statement reviewed.
The immortalization of the late media icon was a decision taken to honour the life and times of Mallam Funtua who gave up the ghost due to cardiac arrest on Monday.
Read full statement below;
A STATEMENT FROM THE NIGERIAN PRESS ORGANISATION
For his untiring contributions to the development of Journalism and Freedom of the Press in Nigeria and around the world, it is the privilege of the Nigerian Press Organisation – Newspapers’ Proprietors Association of Nigeria ( NPAN) , Nigerian Guild of Editors ( NGE) and The Nigerian Union of Journalists ( NUJ) -to name the newly rebuilt Nigerian Institute of Journalism House, Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, as ISMAILA ISA HOUSE to honour the life and times of Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, OFR, Mni, who died on Monday, July 20, 2020 after a life of dedicated service to Nigeria that spanned politics, business and media.
His contributions to the development of journalism is innumerable: including, but not limited to his co-founding of Democrat Newspapers; presidency of the NPAN at a time of national crises, and later a life patron; services to the international Press Institute where he served on the global board; contributions to journalism education as Chairman of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, ETC, ETC.
Samaila Isa Funtua, 1942 -2020, will be deeply missed but not forgotten.
President, Nigerian Press Organisation,
President of The Newspapers’ Proprietors Association of Nigeria.
On behalf of the collective leadership of the Nigerian Media.
THISDAY / ARISE Group
As Compiled By Jaja Otokini
And Edited By Knight Fredel
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