BREAKING NEWS: Senate orders FG to ground DANA planes, asks NCAA boss, Demuren, to step aside

The Senate has asked the Federal Government to ground all planes belonging to DANA Airline until investigations are completed into Sunday’s deadly crash which killed 153 passengers and crew and unknown number of people on ground.

At plenary Tuesday morning, the upper legislative chamber also ordered the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Harold Demuren, to step aside until the conclusion of investigation into the accident.

Besides, the senators want aviation authorities in the country to conduct an audit of the airlines in the country with a view to determining their airworthiness.

The lawmakers made the resolution following a motion by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, Hope Uzondinma (PDP, Imo).

The lower House had said Monday it would hold a legislative inquiry into the crash separate from government’s planned investigations.

The chairman House committee on media, Zakari Mohammed, said an ad hoc committee will be named to investigate the cause of one of the nation’s most horrific air accidents.

Also, the senate had said Monday it would support sweeping probe not only on Dana air, but the entire aviation industry, an indicator the chamber may not launch its own investigation but may be planning to back the government’s probe instead of conducting a separate one.

All 153 passengers and crew members aboard the plane died while an unexpected number, expected to be huge too, were killed in the buildings and the neighborhood the jet smashed into.

Mr. Mohammed (PDP-Kwara), said details of the probe will be announced on Tuesday when the House meets. 

“We cannot fold our arms and allow this to be swept under the carpet. We will support all relevant agencies of government to get to the root of the tragedy. We want to know why it happened,” he said. “We want to, for once, unravel what is responsible for that national calamity.

The lawmaker said the probe, which is to establish the age of the aircraft, its airworthiness.

“We are interested in the nature of the aircraft, the age of the aircraft. Is it supposed to fly in our airspace? We will be very strict on this as the blackbox does not lie. It will tell everything that happened,” he said.

The Senate demanded a thorough investigation of all airlines in the country in a statement by Spokesman, Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia). 

“Senate demands nothing, but a holistic investigation of the remote and immediate causes of the plane crash. 

“Senate would also insist that the probe this time should not be limited to Dana Airlines and their fleet, but all the airlines operating in Nigeria.

Mr. Abaribe said, “We had thought that Nigeria had landed in the golden era of safe aviation industry, where all the standard codes that conform with international best practices were being complied with.”

 

 


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  • Ayomiku

    Too little, too late. The cankerworm of corruption is structural. It is not seen. It devastates. It eats and destroy like termite. When you certify a flying coffin fit to fly, you have taken money, you have been bribed. You have refused to say Amen to Nigerians’ life prayer and battle against corruption. Senate measure? Too little too late. Presidency’s grief? Too little too late.
    May the souls of those who this deadly disease called corruption took away rest in peace. May their families have the souls, hearts, means and faith to cope. May our God stand by you in this need. These unecessary deaths have rekindled my own personal commitment to wage the battle of life and death against the evil of corruption so as to put an end to these deaths and make our dear country great again.
    May the souls of those who this deadly disease called corruption took away rest in peace. May their families have the souls, hearts, means and faith to cope. May our God in his infinite mercy and peace stand by you and your families in this need. May God bless Nigeria.

    • Kemjan

      IT WILL NEVER GET BETTER UNTIL THE EVIL CALLED CORRUPTION AND ITS DISCIPLES RIGHT FROM THE PRESIDENT, HIS WIFE AND ALL THE OFFICIALS IN NIGERIA DOWN TO THE SMALLEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT WORKER ARE HELD LIABLE FOR GENERATIONS DESTROYED! IT SHALL NEVER BE WELL WITH EACH AND EVERY PERSON WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS CALAMITY. THEIR OWN FAMILIES WILL NEVER KNOW GOOD HEALTH. THEY SHALL LABOUR IN VAIN AND THEIR GENERATIONS UNBORN ARE CURSED. IT KILLS ME TO SEE THAT WOMAN MEIMUNA WHO CAME TO HER FATHERLAND AND DIED WITH HER GENERATIONS. TELL ME WHY OTHERS LIKE HER WILL COME HOME FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD TO HELP US?

  • Bajorduh

    We cry when the head is off. It is all about corruption.Some body somewhere did not do what is supposed to be done.Nigeria is the only country some body will walk in with a briefcase, walk to our banks , take loans @50% interest,acquire our steel complexes, mortgage them as colleteral,dismantle the structures and export them to his country because corruption has taken place. This type of thing will not happen in his country.Only in Nigeria.

  • kenny

    The crash, last Sunday, of Dana Air plane in Lagos has focus attention on Nigeria’s aviation industry. While the searchlight is on to know what could have caused such tragedy,a former topshot of AirNigeria has opened up on the rot in the Jimoh Ibrahim owned airline, it’s all good, so long as we can prevent further loss of lives in our airspace. I dare say that one airline that Nigerian authorities should watch closely is FirstNation Airways, which received its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in late October 2011. CEO KAyode Odukoya is perhaps the worst corporate leader anyone could have run an organisation: he is not only crooked in his dealings, he is also cruel to his staff. In the past week, five senior management staff have resigned their appointments for the mere fact that the working environment is quite harsh. This follows other resignations in the past couple of weeks. I could say that one-third of the workforce have moved on in the last 4 months, though some are replaced afterwards. The CEO believe in a silent dictum: Johnny go, Johnny come. If there ever is a slave camp in Nigeria, it has to be FirstNation Airways; there is no management as such–just one man calling the shots and everyone must either comply or get a thorough tongue lash; staff are owed for three months with no regard for their emotional and psychological state; people resume at the opebi office full of enthusiasm but they leave–after some weeks/months–distraught and dehumanised sometimes. Worse of it, Odukoya sometimes assaults his staff physically; he abuses them verbally in ways and manner unbefitting for a CEO.It’s quite alarming that Mr Odukoya acts like someone who knows the regulatory authorities (NCAA) cant clip his wings, whatever infractions he commits. As a former employee (I resigned sometime ago), some of us got to know that Odukoya has a mole inside the NCAA who feeds him with news from within the agency. So though NCAA may have a dossier on him full of his anti-aviation practices; he seems to always get off the hook. The other day, a French pilot was so angry with his maltreatment than he destroyed the windows of the airline’s shuttle bus on the way to his hotel room; imagine what might have happened if the Frenchman had decided to vent his anger in a plane already in flight. I shudder to imagine the consequences. As I write, most staff are fed up with working in FirstNation, but they don’t have the will to leave because of fear of the unknown. Jobs are scarce and few have families to sustain. If we are to avoid another aviation titanic, we need to examine the workings of these local airlines and ensure that they meet all regulatory requirements. And we’ll do well to begin with FirstNation Airways.

  • Adebola

    its so unfortunate that this had to happen at this time my heartfelt sympathy goes out to all who lost there love ones.i need to clarify some things the aviation industry is very dynamic the last time this kind of tragedy occurred some many lessons were learnt and corrective actions taken. Has it occurred to everyone that the accidents that happened on thurs and friday on lagos – ibadan express way claimed over 150 lives contrary to official claims. Now the air crash is a reality check for those in government as this is their means of transportation as they don’t travel by road to abuja. Why have they not cancelled the contract with Bicourtney but are not bothered by the regular loss of lives on all Nigerian roads. For those speculating the cause of the crash i will plead that we wait for the outcome of the investigation that have commenced. the persons who could give us the true picture of what happened are not alive we only have the black box which will give a clue to what happened on the flight. For the records the British Airways 747 plane that shuttles between Nigeria and London is over 20 years old and its still flying.

  • Pretense!!