The Nigerian Press Organisation that comprises of Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Nigerian Guild of Editors ( NGE) and The Nigerian Union of Journalists ( NUJ) have announced plans to name the newly Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) building after late Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua.
Mallam Funtua died on Monday July 20, 2020 after a life of dedicated service to Nigeria that spanned politics, business and media.
The President of The Newspapers’ Proprietors Association of Nigeria, Nduka Obaigbena in a statement obtained by Nigerian NewsDirect on Wednesday said “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 – Newspaper 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.”
According to his statement, the Late Mallam Funtua contributed massively to media profession in the country,
The statement stated that, “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, among others.
“Samaila Isa Funtua, 1942 -2020, will be deeply missed but not forgotten,” the statement added.