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Outrage As Federal Government Lifts Ban On DANA Airline Three Months After Death of 153 People in Plane Crash


This is why I do what I do, especially on this blog. Note this comes after the court just suspended the Coroner’s office from further investigations to ascertain cause of death. #Epicfail by the Nigerian government in protecting its citizens.

“Lagos — NINETY-EIGHT days after the Dana Airline plane crash in Lagos, which killed 153 persons, the Federal Government, yesterday, cleared the airline to resume operations eliciting outrage in the polity.

Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, in a statement by her Special Adviser (Media), Joe Obi, said government decided to restore the operating licence of Dana airline because it was satisfied with the air-worthiness of the airline after a rigorous technical, operational and financial audit was conducted.

According to the statement: “The Federal Government has lifted the suspension of the Operating Licence of Dana Airline. This follows government’s satisfaction with the air-worthiness of the airline after a rigorous technical, operational and financial audit of the airline.

“By this development, Dana Airline is free to resume its normal commercial flight operations. Government will, however, continue to strengthen its oversight and regulatory functions to ensure that all airlines operating in the country, including Dana, adhere strictly to safety procedures as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act and all other relevant local and international regulations that ensure and promote sustainable air safety.

“The operating licence of Dana Airline was temporarily suspended following the crash of one of its aircraft on June 3, in Lagos as a safety precaution”.

Immediately, the clearance elicited condemnation from Labour, rights activists, lawyers and relations of the Dana crash victims, who said it was premature. Among those who criticized the decision, yesterday, were legal icon, Mr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), Mr Femi Falana (SAN), Dr Osahon Enabulele (president, Nigeria Medical association, NMA), President-General of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, Comrade Peter Esele, and Mr Achief Olajide (a relative of a victim). .  .” Vanguard Nigeria has the full story.


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