Senate President David Mark has directed the Senate Committee on Aviation Affairs to look into the petition by a victim of the June 3 plane crash in Iju Ishaga, Lagos, Daniel Omowumi, that he had yet to be compensated by Dana Airline.
Omowumi, the owner of the property on 8/10 Popoola Street, Iju Ishaga, where the plane crashed into, on September 26 petitioned the office of the Senate President, asking it to urge the airline to compensate him for the losses he incurred.
In the petition, Omowumi said apart from the incident rendering him homeless, his business has been destroyed as the property housed his furniture factory and warehouses.
The petition read in part, “Since I submitted my claims to Dana Airlines on June 20, they neither acknowledged the receipt of the claim nor inform me that my claims are being processed by their insurance company.
“I strongly believe that Dana Airline intends to push me to the edge and leave me with no option but to proceed to court where they can exploit the attendant delays associated with the court system.
“There is no fairness in a person putting the life of another on hold while such a person’s life flourishes. I urge you to direct the management of Dana Airline to immediately settle my claims.”
However, in a letter dated October 3 and signed by the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to the Senate President, Victor Abang, Mark said, “Your letter has been referred to the Chairman Senate Committee on Aviation Affairs for further necessary action.”
Speaking to our correspondent on Sunday, Omowumi said the owner of the goods stored in his warehouse had been pressurising him.
He said, “I’m saddened that Dana Airline concerned itself with commencement of flight operation rather than paying compensation.
“There is serious pressure on the owners of the goods stored in my warehouse as they lost so much and their businesses are on the brink of collapse. The pressure on them is now falling back on me as they are now on my neck.