The management of Dana Airline and its brokers has been given a 6-months ultimatum to pay up compensation to dependants and families of the victims of the June 3, 2012 air crash.
Ms. Stella Oduah, the Minister of Aviation, gave the directive in Abuja at the 2013 ministerial briefing.
The airline says it had paid off over 60 percent of the compensation to the affected families and is currently being delayed as a result of clarifications needed due to double claims made by some families.
The government however, insisted it must clear the remaining debts this year or face sanctions if it doesn’t remit within the stipulated time.
Her words: “Dana has actually done very well in terms of compensating accident victims. The challenge Dana has is that of multiple claims. The multiple claims made it difficult to ascertain who should collect.
“And until they are able to do that, they will not pay multiple claims and we will continue verifying and re-verifying to ascertain who should be the next of kin to claim the money, but I know Dana has done up to 60 per cent.
“However, Dana is given till December. If they fail to pay completely, we would have to sanction them, they are aware of that, so I am sure they are accelerating the process.”
She called on the Aviation sector to discover approaches to tackling the problem of air accidents in the country.
She added that the government was rendering additional assistance to families of victims of aircraft accident, and that the approval of the Victim Family Insurance Package (VFAP) had been secured from the Nigerian Insurance Commission (NAICOM).
She said deliberations were underway between Nigeria Civil Aviation Agency (NCAA) and Zenith Bank on the implementation of Victim Family Insurance Package. And also the establishment of a family assistance centre that will be directed towards paying attention to related crises.