Dana Crash: Pastor Omowunmi, others get USD 30,000 compensation
By Oyise OGHENE
LAGOS: Pastor Daniel Omowumi, the owner of the two-storey building where the Dana air plane crashed into at the Iju-Shaga area of Lagos State and other ground victims have been compensated to the tune of USD 30,000 each.
Earlier, Pastor Omowunmi in conjunction with the Committee for the Defence of Human Right (CDHR), Funmilayo Unit had protested with other victims of the accident blocking the entrance to the Dana Air head office at Allen avenue demanding the sum of N500 million for his properties that were destroyed by the crash.
Disclosing this development to newsmen, Head Corporate Communication, Dana Airlines, Mr. Tony Usidamen who confirmed the payment of compensation to the ground victims said that Dana Air insurers were committed towards ensuring that all claimants were fully compensated to the extent of their losses.
Mr. Usidamen however pointed out that although the payment of compensation to the ground victims took some time stressing that it was done according to the laid down processes by law and the settlement reached by all parties concerned.
“We can confirm that payment of compensation to affected Iju-Shaga residents has commenced. The process is still on-going, and our insurers are committed to ensuring that all claimants are compensated to the extent of their losses.”
“The payment took some time in order to ensure that just and fair compensation is paid to the affected families, several processes have be followed by law, and settlement reached by all parties concerned. These processes usually take time but our insurers are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that all the matters are resolved” he affirmed.
Asked about the families of passengers and crew onboard the ill-fated aircraft, Mr. Usidamen noted that over 84 families have received advance payments of USD 30,000 and payment of final settlement to families who have produced the requisite Letters of Administration (and Letter of Guardianship in the case of minors) has since commenced.