Air crash victims turn down Dana Air's 'unsatisfactory' compensation

The 38 people who were displaced after June 3 Dana Air disaster, on Tuesday, turned down the airline’s ‘interim compensation’.

Last month, a Dana Boeing McDonnell Douglas (MD-83) crashed into residential buildings at Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos killing all 153 passengers as well an undetermined number of people on the ground.

Three houses were also destroyed, rendering their occupants homeless.

Arriving at the home for the displaced persons at Ayobo, Lagos, the Dana Air management stated that the ‘interim compensation’ was part of the company’s continued effort to rehabilitate those displaced by the crash after previously donating relief materials to them.

The displaced people had rejected an offer for an alternative accommodation, opting instead for a monetary compensation, the Dana management said.

“We are here in honour of that decision taken and we have just presented cheques for accommodation to them,” said Toni Usidemen, Dana’s  Head of Communications.

“This is by no means the compensation in a situation like this. Our insurance company are working out the extent of damage and adequate insurance would be paid.

“This is just an effort to give interim relief before the actual comprehensive compensation, a temporary relief effort,” Mr. Usidemen added.

However, Gbenga Oguntade, the victims’ lawyer rejected the cheques on behalf of the victims, saying that Dana failed to include all those affected in their compensation package.

“One of the dead victims who went to the house on 7 Olaniyi Street to watch a football on that Sunday was not included in the list of the dead victims,” said Mr. Oguntade.

“As I’m speaking with you I have about ten clients that have no roof over their heads.

“If they decamp them now, where will they go? Are they sending them to go and be sleeping under the bridge?” Mr. Oguntade continued.

“Insurance package covers all that. We are not saying that they are responsible to the whole world.

“In the immediate vicinity where the incident happened so many roofs were destroyed,” he said.

Reacting to the rejection, Mr. Usidemen reiterated that “this is by no means a compensation in a situation like this.”

“We are aware that many people were affected in various manners but surely they would be compensated adequately,” Mr. Usidemen said.

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