Founding Managing Director of Democrat Newspaper and former President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Malam Ismaila Isa Funtua, is dead. He died of cardiac arrest yesterday night.
His son, Abubakar is married to a daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari. The relationship of the Funtua family and the Buhari family dated back to the seventies when the elder Funtua and the current Nigerian helmsman were both in the public service and the military respectively.
After serving as its president for eight years, he became a life patron of Newspaper’s Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
Chairman of Bulet Construcion company.
He will be buried according to Islamic rites today.
Born in Funtua, Katsina State, he was a pioneer student of the Federal Training Centre Kaduna. He trained as an administrative officer at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria and as an administrator at the Manchester University in the UK.
He was the Monitor General of the Course 9 at the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru.
He served at the Katsina Native Authority for seven years as an Administrative Officer. Malam Ismaila Isa was a renowned Business Executive and public officer with over thirty years of management experience.
He was Personnel Manager in United Textiles Limited (UNTL), responsible for over ten thousand staff and a one-time Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He was the founder of Bulet International Nigeria Limited (the largest wholly owned indigenous construction company) which built most of the iconic public buildings in Abuja.