Imo Govt may compensate Dana Air crash victims By Ebere Osuka

The Imo State House of Assembly has passed a motion urging the state government to compensate families of the victims of the ill-fated Dana plane that crashed recently in Lagos.

The chief sponsor of the motion, Hon Simeon Iwunze, lamented that the state lost more than 20 persons who he described as golden citizens, adding that some families lost not less than five of their members.

Hon Iwunze who represents Isiala Mbano commended the Federal Government for the steps so far taken over the incident.

He recalled that on Saturday June 2, a Nigerian cargo plane also crashed in Ghana, killing 10 persons while on June 3, the Dana Air plane crashed on top of a building in Iju-Ishaga, killing 153 on board.

The lawmaker alleged that the aircraft was abandoned by its original owners but that the last owners bought it for use in Nigeria, stressing that greed and carelessness caused the destruction of lives.

The motion, co-sponsored by 24 other lawmakers, seeks government aid to families of the deceased in the plane crash.

Contributing to the debate, the member for Nwangele and House Chief Whip, Hon Ugonna Ozuruigbo described the 2nd and 3rd of June as a black weekend in Nigeria.

He stated that in addition to the plane  crash, Boko Haram also attacked three churches in Bauchi state, killing many Nigerians including multiple accident at Shagamu-Ibadan Lagos road, caused by tanker explosion that destroyed many lives.

The Chief whip, however, advised that the nation should improve on emergency response, stressing the need to sensitize people on how to approach emergency situations.

The House members later observed a minute silence in memory of the victims of the crash.


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