Posted by Transport & Business Express | 3 July 2012 | 3,473 times
As Nigeria continues to mourn, one month after the devastating Dana air crash, an aviation NGO, SOSNigeria, has demanded that professionals be put in charge at the aviation ministry and parastatals as a way of improving the safety of the country’s air space.
None of the 153 people on board survived when the Dana aircraft from Abuja crashed into a two-storey building at Iju Ishaga, Lagos, about three minutes before landing. Several people on ground in the densely populated area also died in the crash, the cause of which is yet to be ascertained.
In a statement signed by four of its principal officers, SOSNigeria, which was formed to promote air safety in Nigeria in the wake of the June 3 Dana air crash, demanded that “aviation experts run the aviation industry in Nigeria.”
According to the statement signed by Deji Dipeolu, Olumide Ayoola, Olumide Iluyomade and Nky Iweka, “We cannot continue to politicise the appointment of key personnel in the Ministry of Aviation and the NCAA (Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority). The current Minister of Aviation, however well meaning, is no aviation professional. It is time to stop taking risks with our lives by having people without the necessary skills and experience in positions that have such a strong influence on our air travel safety.”
SOSNigeria stressed the need “to set and enforce measures to entrench a strong industry-wide maintenance culture and safety standards.” It advised that “Government needs to carefully craft policies that have nothing to do with political favouritism, but rather enhance true growth in the sector with strong markets, strong institutions and a strong climate for safety, future growth and profitability of the aviation industry in Nigeria.”
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