Vanguard (Lagos)

5 June 2012

Nigeria: NUJ Wants Probe, Culprits Punished

Ikeja — Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, yesterday, urged the Federal Government to investigate the crashed Dana plane and make the report of the probe panel available to Nigerians within the shortest time.

The council, in a statement by its Chairman, Mr Deji Elumoye and Secretary, Mr Sylva Okereke, stressed that the Federal Government should ensure that those found culpable in the incident were punished to serve as deterrent to those who cut corners in the aviation sector.

Noting that reports of past air crashes in the country were not implemented due to unexplainable reasons, the Council enjoined President Goodluck Jonathan to avoid the mistakes of the past by releasing the report of the proposed probe, noting that many Nigerians were waiting anxiously for the report.

It wondered why the country should be witnessing incessant air crashes; despite huge investments in the aviation sector, aside from an array of aviation experts in the country.

Describing some aircraft in the country as moving coffins, the Council wondered why some aircraft that are more than 22 years old are still flying in the country, despite the stipulated international standards, blaming the authorities for not doing enough to ensure that standards were maintained in the industry.

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