The Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has expressed shock at the death of Mallam Wada Maida, chairman, Board of Directors of People’s Media, publishers of the People’s Daily Newspapers.
In a condolence message signed by its President, Nduka Obaigbena, the NPAN described Maida who passed away on August 17, 2020, as a consummate journalist, a dedicated canvasser for a free press and one of the pillars of the NPAN.
”He was an intellectual and a gentle giant.
His passage is more shocking, coming barely a month after the death of the life patron of the association, Mal Ismaila Isa.
”His life was a testament to public good and service, at both the local and international levels.
”For instance, until his death, he chaired the Board of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), and served as a member of the Executive Board of the International Press Institute (IPI) deploying his wealth of experience,
At the NPAN, he was one of the intellectuals in the engine room of the Association.
”Mal. Wada, who was also a former president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), was a defender of free press and democracy.”
The NPAN lamented that the nation had lost an icon and the Nigerian and international Press, a strong pillar.