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The former NIJ House now named ISMAILA ISA HOUSE

Nigerian Media Renames NIJ House After Ismaila Isa Funtua

By AbuSatar Hamed

Late Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua.

LAGOS – The newly rebuilt Nigerian Institute of Journalism House, situated at Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, has been named – 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 a press release e-signed and made available to the media by Nduka Obaigbena, President, Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO) and Newspapers’ Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), on behalf of the collective leadership of the Nigerian Media said the decision was taken in view of the deceased untiring contributions to the development of Journalism and Freedom of the Press in Nigeria and around the world.

Obaigbena 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 – Newspapers’ Proprietors Association of Nigeria ( NPAN), Nigerian Guild of Editors ( NGE) and The

ISMAILA ISA HOUSE

Nigerian Union of Journalists ( NUJ) – to name the newly rebuilt Nigerian Institute of Journalism House, situated at Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, has been named ISMAILA ISA HOUSE to honour the life and times of Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, OFR, Mni,.

“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.”

He noted that, “Samaila Isa Funtua, 1942 -2020, will be deeply missed, but not forgotten.”

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