Vanguard (Lagos)

4 December 2012

Nigeria: Dana Crash - We Will Fully Compensate Victims' Families - Usidamen

FAMILIES and dependents of victims of the June 3, Dana Air crash have been assured they will be paid full compensation in accordance with the law and available evidence.

Dana Group's Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Tony Usidamen, who gave the assurance in a statement entitled "Dana Air Press Statement on Payment of Insurance Benefits to Families" said compensation will be paid to those properly entitled at the earliest opportunity.

The statement said: "The present position is that 80 advance payments of US$30,000 have been processed by virtue of documentation supplied demonstrating familial links and kinship; our insurers are continuing to deal with all other claims in accordance with the applicable law."

Refuting reports that Dana Air and its insurers had refused to pay statutory compensation to families of victims of the tragic incident, the company's spokesperson explained that to assess and verify full compensation due and payable, it is necessary for claimants to produce therequired Grants of Probate or Letters of Administration.

He said: "To date, Letters of Administration have been produced by only a small number of claimants. However, these need to be verified by the Probate Office who issued them. This is customary procedure and an important requirement in order to ensure that just compensation is only paid to those who have entitlement."

Further, Usidamen said: "Dana Air has no control over the speed with which the Probate Office deals with the verification process, although maximum pressure is being exerted to expedite this. Subject to verification, full compensation will be paid to those properly entitled in accordance with the law and available evidence at the earliest opportunity."

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