Vanguard (Lagos)

28 January 2013

Nigeria: Families of Dana Crash Victims Get Waivers On Payment of Compensation

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A Dana Airlines carrier.

Families of victims of Dana Air crash at Iju Ishaga, Lagos State, on 3rd June 2012 have been granted waivers by the Lagos State government on some major requirements for the processing of Letter of Administration, LOA, for the purpose of payment of full compensation to them. This LOA is a requirement requested by the reinsurance of the airline to pay the balance 70% compensation to victims families.

It will be recalled that 85 victims families have been paid the initial 30% compensation which was paid by the airline insurance and there has been delay in the payment of the balance 70 percent which will complete the full 100,000 dollars insured amount.

At a news conference recently, which had in attendance some members of victims families, the Director General of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Dr Harold Demureen said the intervention of Lagos State government has been sought to facilitate the payment of full compensation to families of victims as only 14 families have been paid the full compensation of 100,000 dollars.

According to Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA. "The Lagos State Government via the Probate Registry's letter Ref. No. PHC/DAN01/VOL.1/12 of 11th January, 2013 conveyed the Chief Judge of Lagos State's waivers on some major requirements for the processing of LOA. For the purpose of payment of compensation to the victims' families"

Some of the waivers granted by the state government include waiving the 10% statutory fees payable on LOA, the administrative fee for processing has been put at a flat rate of N6,000 (Six thousand Naira only) ,numbers of sureties has been reduced to 1 (one) and officials of the Probate Registry have been requested to bring the necessary forms on the LOA/POG to NCAA so as to assist the families in the completion of the necessary documentation for LOA and POG .

NCAA said "The Probate Registry of Lagos State has designed special forms for the families of the DANA Air crash. Waiver has been granted on the 10% statutory fees payable on LOA, Administrative fee for processing has been put at a flat rate of N6,000 (Six thousand Naira only) Numbers of sureties has been reduced to 1 (one)."

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