12 June 2012

Nigeria: Dana Plane Crash - Candle Light Procession Organised in Abuja

A candle light procession was last Wednesday organized by 'The PR Company' for victims of the recent Dana air crash in Lagos.

Managing Director of the firm, Jefferson Okoroafor, said the incident affected everybody in one way or the other."We decided to create an avenue where people can actually come and drop flowers, pay their condolences and give support to their loved ones in one way or the other," he said.

Okoroafor, who described the event as unfortunate and shocking, said although the federal government declared three-day mourning, efforts should be made to honour them more.

He said those that died were unfortunate to be in that flight and blamed the incident on some people not doing their jobs properly.

One of the participants, Oge kumono, said the Late Levi Ajuonoma of NNPC was a close associate to her dad. According to her, the plane victims paid with their lives for the foolishness of another man's mistake and prayed for the repose of their souls.

In another development, Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Zakari Angulu Dobi, has called for a full scale investigation into the causes of the Dana plane crash which killed over 153 persons on board and scores of others on the ground.

In a statement by Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the chairman's Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Dobi made the call when he consoled the family of former Gwagwalada branch manager of Unity Bank, Mr. Lawal Alakede, who died in the plane crash.

The chairman observed that it has become necessary for the government to set up a committee to investigate the plane crash, saying it was quite disheartening that Nigerians woke up on that fateful day to hear sad news about the crash.

According to him, many lives have been lost since 1982 to date as a result of air mishap in Nigeria, stressing that government must take drastic measures to curtail it.

"And unless the federal government takes drastic measures to curtail cases of air mishap in the country, there will be no changes and we don't pray for it to happen again," he said.

The council boss further stressed the need for the federal government to over-haul the country's aviation sector and urged the deceased families to see the loss as an act of God and prayed for the deceased to rest in perfect peace.

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