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Dana Crash: Nine families of victims get interim benefits of $30,000 each, compensation for displaced residents
By Ayoola Ponmile
July 3, 2012 19:57:55pm GMT | Views: 10
Tail of the Dana plane that crashed at Olaniyi Street, off Toyin, Iju Agege, Lagos State on Sunday June 3, 2012. PHOTOS: BJ. BOBBY.

WorldStage Newsonline-- Following legal verification of documentation and next of kin status, Dana Air’s lead underwriter in Nigeria, Prestige Insurance Plc, on Tuesday issued cheques for interim benefits to nine claimants / families of the 153 souls that perish in a crash that involved one of the airline’s aircraft in Iju Ishaga on June 3, 2012, just as the displaced residents of crash site have been compensated.

The claimants were issued the cheques at the chambers of a legal company appointed by the insurers, Yomi Oshikoya & Co, in Lagos.

 The company which said it had been in contact with all other families who have submitted relevant documents to Dana Air's Crisis Management Centre (CMC) in Lagos and Abuja, had advised that the affected claimants should come forward to the chambers in order to conclude advance payment formalities.

It said that as of Tuesday, July 3, 2012, the airline had received completed insurance forms for 68 of the victims, four of which were those of the airline’s members of staff who also lost their lives in the crash. All of which have been submitted for verification.

 “The company is in contact with all other families who have submitted relevant documents to Dana Air's Crisis Management Centre (CMC) in Lagos and Abuja, and has advised that they come forward to the chambers of Yomi Oshikoya & Co, appointed by the insurers in Lagos, in order to conclude advance payment formalities. As of Tuesday, July 3, 2012, the airline had received completed insurance forms for 68 of the victims, four of which are our staff members. They have been submitted for verification,” It said.

The airline said the payment was in line with the mandatory requirement by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), for interim benefits to be paid to the families of the victims within 30 days of the accident.

“Dana Air is fully aware of the mandatory requirement by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), for interim benefits to be paid to the families of the victims within 30 days of the accident,’ it said

In similar development , a statement issued by Dana’s Head of Corporate Communications, Tony Usidiamen, also claimed that as part of efforts to ensure proper rehabilitation of the displaced Iju-Ishaga residents, it equally presented cheques to all affected families as payment for new accommodation.

It said prior to the gesture, the airline had in conjunction with the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), made advanced efforts in securing accommodation for the families but  arrived at the decision to monetize the gesture based on the request by the affected families at a meeting between them and Dana Air officials last Thursday,  June 28, 2012.

“As part of efforts to ensure proper rehabilitation of the displaced Iju-Ishaga residents Dana Air, today, presented cheques to all affected families as payment for new accommodation. Prior to today’s gesture, the airline, in conjunction with the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), had made advanced efforts in securing accommodation for the families. The decision to monetize the gesture is based on the request by the affected families at a meeting between them and Dana Air officials last Thursday, 28th June, 2012,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the airline said despite the compensation, it shared in the pains of the affected families and would continue to offer every form of assistance required by the hospital management and overseas laboratory to ensure that the process is completed as soon as possible, so that the families can lay their loved ones to rest.

“As per update from the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH on Monday, July 2, 2012, more DNA samples have been collected and will be sent to the UK for testing shortly.”

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