FG names NAN headquarters after late Wada Maida

FG names NAN headquarters after late Wada Maida

The Federal Government has approved the naming of the headquarters of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, after the late Mallam Wada Maida, its former Managing Director.


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, conveyed the approval via a letter dated Nov. 26.


Mohammed said that the approval was in recognition of the immense contributions of Maida to the growth of the agency.


“I write to convey my approval for the naming of the NAN headquarters building after the late Wada Maida, who served the agency in many capacities, including as Foreign Correspondent, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director.


“It is my sincere belief that the decision to honour the late Wada Maida is well-thought-out and that he deserves such a great honour, considering his immense contributions to the development of NAN,” he said.


Maida, the Chief Press Secretary to President Mohammadu Buhari when he was military Head of State, died on Aug. 17, 2020. He was aged 70.


A pioneer staff of NAN, Maida was its Northern Zonal Manager and later its Foreign Correspondent in London before becoming Head of the Political Desk.


He was appointed its Editor-in-Chief in 1984 and later became its Managing Director before he retired in 2003.


Maida was appointed Chairman of NAN Board of Directors in December 2017 and served in that capacity until his demise on Aug. 17, 2020.

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