Special Adviser to the Aviation Minister, Joe Obi gives Reasons for Lifting Dana Airline’s Suspension “Government was not under pressure”

The lifting of Dana Airline‘s suspension has been greeted with widespread outrage by members of the society.

Many felt that it was too early to lift their suspension especially since the coroner’s inquest into the cause of the death has not reached a conclusion. Also not all the families of the 153 victims who passed on have been paid their full compensation and there are still ongoing investigations by the Accidents and Investigations Bureau (AIB) into the cause of the crash.

However, Joe Obi, the Special Adviser to the Minister of Aviation was a guest on Channels TV yesterday to discuss the return of Dana Airline to flight operations after the suspension placed on the airline company was lifted.

During the interview, the special adviser noted that the crash came at a period when Nigeria was beginning to build a formidable record in terms of safety in air travel and it was completely unexpected.

“We send our condolences, we share their pain and their grief. It was entirely unexpected, it was a tragedy that no one thought would happen, so we still feel the pain of families who lost their loved ones.”

“The practice even internationally is not to shut down their airline when one aircraft in their fleet is involved in an air crash. But you know, we don’t operate in a very robust environment like what obtains in the outside world, in more developed countries where their safety records are quite high”

“When this happened, we had to sit back and do a reality check to see if there were some loop holes in the system.”

“I want to make it very clear that the suspension of the operating license of Dana Airline was never punitive; it was never intended to punish the airline. it was supposed to give us an opportunity to sit back and look at what may have gone wrong.”

When asked about the results of the Ministry’s findings to have warranted the reinstatement of the license of Dana Airline, he said:

“What NCAA did was to go into a technical, operational and administrative including financial audit of the Airline to find out what went wrong has been rectified. As you all are aware, the investigation into the air crash is still ongoing by the Accident and Investigation Bureau. And you also are aware that reports of air accidents don’t come out in a jiffy, they took a while.”

“In the mean time we are satisfied with the technical audit that the airline is air worthy and is ready to go to the air again.”

“Now government is satisfied that what they have in their fleet is air worthy and the safety of passengers is assured if they go back to the sky.”

When asked if the government was under any pressure to revert the Airline’s suspension because they were only two airlines left operating domestic flights, he said”

“Not at all. Government was not under any pressure.”

When asked why the Airline’s suspension was reversed even when investigations were still on, why the rush? He said that investigations into air crashes usually take years to be completed.

“Dana Air, even before the air crash… professionally, up till the time of the crash, there was nothing that our investigators and our regulatory body had found to be very defective in their operations.”

He noted that they were still expecting the final report “while that is ongoing, the airline needs to go back to air. But I want to make the point very clear, Government was not under any pressure.”

Watch the interview conducted by Channels TV

17 Comments on Special Adviser to the Aviation Minister, Joe Obi gives Reasons for Lifting Dana Airline’s Suspension “Government was not under pressure”
  • ann bello September 7, 2012 at 7:03 am

    firstly, joe obi is a very stupid and heartless nigerian to come on air and say such things to nigerians, even knowing that families of the deceased are watching too! secondly, may your family never experience such kinda death as a result of an airlines’ carelessness! Haba!, some of these bodies are yet to be buried! how inhumane could we get in this country.. yeah we all know the citizens dont matter but you dont have to slap on our faces too… mcheew stupid, useless govt my ass!

  • ibukunoluwa September 7, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Who’s gonna get on their God forsaken planes anyway

  • Meiz Black September 7, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Joe Obi, ur reason for lifting the suspension sucks!! he didn’t talk about the compensation to the families, the bodies that are yet to be buried. If he thinks that the decision is in the best interest of Nigerians, he shld place the report so far to public domain.

  • walahitalahi September 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

    odikwa egwu o! that is to say…let the dead bury the dead.

  • Bunmi September 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

    The timing is so so wrong. Can we ever do things right in this Country? Me ooo i will not enter dana airplane. Stupid man.

  • yummymummy September 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Now what else can I say,This is the heaight for Nigerians…what is our hope when government officials/special advisers say this in public?

    Government have lost its focus,only in Nigeria will I hear that its alright to continue with work while investigations are still ongoing…what a shame.

    Now this is unfair,let the human activists arise..enough of all these!!!

    In the U.K,you are not allowed to cut a tree,peraventure you cut a tree,get fined £10,000 or go to jail..Now in Nigeria it is ok for a lot of peaople to die in air crash in June while airline starts operation back in September?! how ridiculous!

  • yummymummy September 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

    *height*

  • brandigest September 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm
  • faith September 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    i wonder who will enter their plans…i dey laf…mumu airline…

  • rew September 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    This is bull crap.The Dana air crash was not an ACCIDENT, it was an incident that occurred as a result of greed and a failed system.

  • cathy September 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Nigerian govt sucks big time

  • kem September 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    nawa oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • konnie September 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    really????

  • OmoMakun September 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    In all honesty, I see the govt’s point. If one of British Airways planes crashes, the British govt will not suspend their license. What happens is that they get a backlash from thier customers and the company will suffer losses. If Dana Air has flights, please tell me at this point will anybody want to even fly with them??? Probably Not! The govt technically cannot just stop them from operating because of one incident …. I pray that they don’t have more.

    This is my opinion from a business standpoint, I am in no way in support of Dana Air itself. I personally will not fly with them or refer them to anybody. If people boycott Dana Air, they will suffer losses and it may lead to the point of them having to pull out of the market..who knows. The power to make a company fail or succeed is mainly in the hands of the customers, not so much the govt itself. The govt wouldn’t want to be seen as overbearing in the business industry, we live in a DEMOCRACY, right? Well this is what happens in a DEMOCRACY

  • Funke BUCKNOR obruthe September 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I’m totally convinced that our govt that doesn’t like us

  • Concerned September 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Omomakun, I agree with you 90%

  • Concerned September 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Or should I say 70% in agreement. The other 30% being that we ARE indeed different than other societies, i.e the British or Americans. We are Nigerians and since government reacts and operates differently, there should be no exemption as to why they cant shut down Dana’s operations. I hope they go out of business. Will put it in my prayers.

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