Dana air accident is a major setback to Nigeria-President Jonathan
By Oyise Oghene
LAGOS-President Goodluck Jonathan said on Monday that the Dana air plane crash that killed all passengers onboard and some resident at the site of the crash was a major setback to the aviation industry at a time when the industry was undergoing a massive transformation to meet up with the global aviation standard.
Speaking at the scene of the plane crash in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State, President Jonathan assured Nigerians that his administration would thoroughly investigate the accident to know the root cause of the air mishap.
He said “So this particular incident is a major setback to us as a people and here with me are members of the National Assembly because we are thoroughly going to investigate this accident, the technical people will carry out their responsibility to tell us what went wrong but we will also look at the administrative issues that is the part the National Assembly will play so the National Assembly will play its part, the government will also play its part so at the end of the day we will make sure that this does not repeat itself again in this country”
“It is a sad event for the whole country and all of us feel touched and that is why the Federal Government has declared 3 days of mourning, you will all agree with me that aviation business is an international business and all the laws that governs aviation are international so as a nation, it is a very sad event, we have been working very hard to improve the aviation conditions in the country, for those of you who travel a lot, you have noticed some improvement going on in our airports so the government is totally committed to improving the quality of the aviation sector in the country” he added.
According to him, “We record that only Saturday, we had also a similar incident in Ghana where a Nigerian based cargo plane had a similar incident but that was not as devastating as this, so we will make sure that we do our best for this country and for the world so that the Nigerian airspace will be a safe place”.
“Let me thank the government of Lagos State for what they have been doing since the crash since yesterday because I have being in constant touch with the governor, let me also thanked all the Federal Government agencies and other private sector operatives like Julius Berger and others who have being working with us voluntarily for this rescue operation, I have interacted with all of them and they are performing satisfactorily, let me commend them and assure them that FG and the state government will continue to provide what is required for a safety operations” he said.
While expressing his gratitude to President Jonathan, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State said ”There is not enough for me to say as we will continue to struggle with this tragedy except to thank you for the concern and the support that you have provided since this incident happened since yesterday and on behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, we thank you again inspite of the fact that I briefed you this morning, you still took the pain to fly down here directly to come and commiserate with us I thank you very much your Excellency”.
Also the Minister of Aviation Princes Stella Oduah while expressing her shock over the incident said “our heart goes to our brothers and to our sisters and to our children that lost their lives in this accident. Our heart also goes to the families of these victims that their lives were cut short because of this air mishap, we pray that this thing will not happen to us in this country again.”
Oduah commended the efforts of the evacuation team and said “nothing is enough, nothing will ever be enough because once life is gone you can’t do anything to get them back but I plead with Nigerian be patience, people are working, we do not know what happened but we know that an air plane crashed and lives were lost and also we know that investigation is been conducted that sooner or later the reason for this incident will be made known to the public and I know that from the National Assembly with the permission of our leadership, we are going to conduct our own investigation probably we are going to have joint investigation to find out what has happened so as to ensure and help the sector to ensure that this kind of thing does not happen again.”