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DANA plane crash: Gov Yakowa urges FG to investigate cause

| June 5, 2012 More

Kaduna (WorldStage Newsonline)– Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State said on Monday expressed sadness over the Dana aircraft which crash landed in Lagos on Sunday killing 153 passengers on board and called on the Federal Government to investigate the cause.

The governor noted that the unfortunate incident occurred on the heel of a similar one involving a Nigerian registered cargo aircraft in Ghana a day earlier and the unfortunate bombing of Churches in Bauchi State.

Saying that the crash was one tragedy too many, Yakowa expressed concern that the crash took place when the nation’s aviation industry was receiving attention from the international community, urging those in the aviation sector to join hands with the Federal Government with a view to finding solutions to the crashes.

A statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Reuben Buhari said that “the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa is saddened by the unfortunate crash of the DANA aircraft conveying about 153 passengers from Abuja to Lagos.

“The unfortunate crash of the aircraft coming on the heel of a similar one involving a Nigerian registered cargo aircraft in Ghana a day earlier and the unfortunate bombing of Churches in Bauchi is to say the least, one tragedy too many.

“His Excellency commensurate with families who lost their loved ones in the crash. The Governor call for thorough investigation into the cause of the crash and the report of such investigation made public.

“The Governor particularly sympathies with His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Government and people of Lagos State, the Governor of Bauchi State, the Honourable Minister for Aviation, the management of DANA Air and the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and all those whose families, members and associates were affected by the incident.

“The unfortunate crash coming at a time when the nation’s aviation industry is beginning to attract attention from the international community and when the International Civil Aviation Authority is beginning to be satisfied with the aviation industry in the country is saddening and calls for the attention of all those in charge of the sector to join hands with the Government in finding solution to such crashes.

“The Governor prays God to grant the souls of the departed eternal rest and their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Similarly, a Kaduna based non-governmental organization, Christian Awareness Initiative of Nigeria (CHAIN) described the air mishap and the bombing of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, a double national tragedy.

CHAIN’s National Coordinator, Pastor Caleb Ma’aj in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna noted with regret that in the face of a national tragedy, some persons rather than sympathizing with Nigerians were advancing their political interests.

“We are also pained that even at this hour of national tragedy, some persons rather than sympathize with the victims and their families and indeed the nation, have rather seen these tragedies as an opportunity to advance their political interests by whipping up the public and turning them against the government and each other,” he said.

The CHAIN boss said; “Our hearts goes out to the many families of those who suffered from the double tragedies that greeted Nigeria on Sunday, the 3rd of June, 2012-the terrorists attack on the Living Faith church in Yelwan Tudu, Bauchi State that claimed the lives of innocent Nigerians and the Dana aircraft which crashed into a building in Lagos killing 153 passengers on board.”

Category: Bauchi State News

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