Barely three months after the Dana Airline plane crash in Lagos killed 153 persons, the Federal Government, on Wednesday, cleared the airline to resume operations, a decision which has generated a lot of outrage in the polity.
This decision was made known to the public by the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, in a statement by her Special Adviser (Media), Joe Obi. The statement pointed out that the government decided to restore the operating licence of Dana airline because it was satisfied with the air-worthiness of the airline after a rigorous technical, operational and financial audit was conducted.
According to the statement, “The Federal Government has lifted the suspension of the Operating Licence of Dana Airline. This follows government’s satisfaction with the air-worthiness of the airline after a rigorous technical, operational and financial audit of the airline.
“By this development, Dana Airline is free to resume its normal commercial flight operations. Government will, however, continue to strengthen its oversight and regulatory functions to ensure that all airlines operating in the country, including Dana, adhere strictly to safety procedures as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act and all other relevant local and international regulations that ensure and promote sustainable air safety.”