Dana airline not sincere on compensation payment, says victim’s relation

DANA Air plane crash site

A relative of one of the victims of June 3 Dana plane crash, Ogbonnanta Uwaeme, has accused the management of the airline of not being sincere and sensitive on the payment of compensation.

Mr. Uwaeme told newsmen at the Lekan Ogunsola Memorial Mortuary, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) that Dana officials are trying to frustrate the payment of the compensation through “unnecessary bureaucratic processes”.

Mr. Uwaeme, who lost nine family members, expressed bitterness on the whole processes of claiming of the money.

“I am extremely bitter about the airline because Dana is doing some funny things. They are not being considerate. They are not thinking about the trauma they have already caused people.

“Look at the compensation they said they want to pay to relatives, just 30,000 dollars about N4.8 million?

“The normal amount of compensation should be a minimum of 100,000 dollars about N1.6billion but this is not what we are getting,” he said.

He said Dana would not allow the victims’ relatives to collect the compensation form to show their lawyers, adding that they insist on the relatives signing the form right there.

“If you bring a lawyer there, you will see how Dana lawyers will start behaving. Something is not right, so we are appealing to the Federal Government to defend us in that area.

“The most important thing is not even the compensation. What we are interested in is that there shall be no further loss of lives due to carelessness.”

Mr. Uwaeme appealed to the Federal Government to put measures in place to ensure justice for those concerned.

He lauded the efforts of the Lagos State Government on the DNA processes, urging other family members to be patient with the procedures.

“The best thing that has happened after the unfortunate crash is the DNA test. With the DNA, you know you are taking the body of your relatives not someone else.

“The DNA results I understand were done abroad. They said they are still working on some other results.

“We know what the best practice is and we are all civilised people and the world is moving away from mass burial. This is perfect,” he said.

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