The Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that his administration will work very hard to ensure that air disasters do not happen again in the country.
Mr. Jonathan, who visited the site of the Dana Air crash at about 2 p.m, Monday, expressed his condolence with those directly affected by the accident. "You will all agree with me that the aviation business is guided by international laws. "We'll make sure that this does not happen again," said Mr. Jonathan. "We have been working very hard to improve the aviation sector. This particular incident is a major setback," he added.
Mr. Jonathan, who arrived unannounced, was accompanied to the site of the air crash by Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos state governor; Mohammed Abubakar, Inspector-General of Police; Stella Oduah, Aviation minister; Umar Manko, commissioner of Police, Lagos State; and Parry Osayande, chairman of Police Service Commission, amongst others. Senator Hope Uzodinma said that lessons have been learnt from the tragic incident. "We are yet to recover from one of the biggest tragedies," said Mr. Uzodinma, chairman Senate Committee on Aviation. "Mr. President in his wisdom invited us to come and see things for ourselves," he added. After Mr. Jonathan's visit, the heavy security at the accident scene thinned considerably, allowing residents to gather a few metres away from the rubble.