The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has said that it is collaborating with the National Insurance Commission, NAICOM, to ensure the payments of full compensation to families of the victims of the Dana Air crash.
NCAA also promised families of the ground victims of the crash their insurance compensation, saying it will do everything possible to ensure that the families of the ground victims are not left to their fate.
Mr. Harold Demuren, Director-General, NCAA while briefing journalists in Lagos said the compensation for families of the 153 passengers on board of the aircraft has been impressive.
He said the ground victims are of major concern, promising that NCAA will exercise its power to ensure that families of ground victims are compensated.
Demuren who was represented by Mrs. Teresa Bassey, Head, Aeromedia, NCAA, said for now, they have not ascertained the number of people that died on the ground, but promised that they will do so in a short-while and commence the process of compensating the families of the victims, both of lives and property. “NCAA insists that all the ground victims should be compensated,” he said.
While giving update on the victims on board, he said of the 153, 131 victims’ families have so far submitted any documentation, while families of 12 victims are yet to submit any documentation.
He added that families of 53 victims had gone to court, which included the families of 23 victims who had collected the initial payment of 30,000 dollars.
Stating that documentation for 24 victims is awaiting authentication by the insurers, he added that Letter of Administration (LOA) for families of 48 victims are still being awaited.
According to him, cheques of the initial payment of 30,000 dollar compensation have been paid to 85 victims.
However, for the families to collect the remaining $70,000 compensation, he said LOA is required by the Reinsurance Company.
“NCAA has held several meetings with some of the families of the victims and their lawyers, alongside NAICOM and sought the assistance of the Lagos State Government in order to fast track the process of the issuance of the LOA,” he said.
To this end, he said 14 victims have so far received the LOA and they have collected the remaining $70,000 which constitutes the full payment.