THE refurbishedNigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) Home, on Adeyemo Alakija Road, Victoria Island, Lagos, has been renamed after the late former Newspapers Proprietors Affiliation of Nigeria (NPAN) President Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua.
It (edifice) will henceforth be often known as ISMAILA ISA HOUSE, a press release signed on behalf of the collective management of the Nigerian media by NPAN President Prince Nduka Obaigbena mentioned yesterday.
Funtua died at 78 on Monday after driving himself to a hospital in Abuja. He was buried on Tuesday.
In keeping with Obaigbena, who can also be Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO) President, the gesture was in recognition of Funtua’s contributions to the event of journalism and press freedom.
He mentioned the choice to rename the constructing was taken by the NPAN, Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The assertion reads: “For his untiring contributions to the event of Journalism and Freedom of the Press in Nigeria and all over the world, it’s the privilege of the Nigerian Press Organisation – Newspapers’ Proprietors Affiliation of Nigeria (NPAN), Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) – to call the newly rebuilt Nigerian Institute of Journalism Home, Adeyemo Alakija Road, Victoria Island, Lagos, as ISMAILA ISA HOUSE to honour the life and instances of Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, OFR, Mni, who died on Monday July 20, 2020 after a lifetime of devoted service to Nigeria that spanned politics, enterprise and media.
“His contributions to the event of journalism is innumerable: together with, however not restricted to his co-founding of Democrat Newspapers; presidency of the NPAN at a time of nationwide crises, and later a life patron; companies to the worldwide Press Institute the place he served on the worldwide board; contributions to journalism training as Chairman of the Governing Council of the NIJ, amongst others.”
The assertion mentioned Funtua, who was born in Funtua, current day Katsina State, “might be deeply missed however not forgotten”.