The Nigerian National Committee of the International Press Institute, the global media network for senior editors and media executives, is immortalising two of its deceased members, Dimgba Igwe and Hajia Bilikisu Yusuf.
Igwe was killed last year by a hit and run driver while jogging in Lagos.
Yusuf died in the stampede that occured during last month’s hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia.
At its quarterly meeting in Abuja on Friday, the IPI set up a Trust Fund from which it would institute annual prizes for deserving Mass Communication students in selected universities in the name of the duo.
The fund will also be used to support other programmes and activities that preserve the good memory of the late IPI members.
All members present at the meeting made instant financial pledges, while others will be contacted for their contributions to the fund.
The meeting also endorsed the safety training programme for Nigerian journalists being packaged by the IPI headquarters in Vienna.
The programme is planned for early next year.
Members of the Board of Trustees for the Fund are Alhaji Ismaila Isa, IPI Patron (Chairman); Aremo Olusgun Osoba, media icon and IPI Patron; Mallam Kabir Yusuf, Chairman of Media Trust Limited and Chairman of IPI Nigeria; Mallam Wada Maida, Chairman, Peoples Daily Newspapers; Mallam Mohammed Haruna, Columnist/ Managing Director, Citizens Magazine; Folu Olamiti, Resident Consultant, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission; Emma Agu (Media Consultant and former Managing Director of Champion newspapers; and Raheem Adedoyin (Secretary of IPI Nigeria).
The meeting endorsed the proposed safety training programme for Nigerian journalists being packaged by the IPI Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
The meeting, held at Media Trust Limited headquarters in Abuja, was attended by Funtua, Haruna, Yusuf, Maida, Olamiti, Agu, Adedoyin, Mallam Garba Shehu (Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhamnadu Buhari), Mallam Manir Dan-Ali (Editor-in-Chief of Trust Newspapers) and Mallam Mustapga Shehu (CEO/Editor-in-Chief of The Politico Magazine).