Dana Air has said that the cheques presented to the families of the nine ‘severely affected’ residents of Iju-Ishaga were a palliative measure to assist them in securing temporary accommodation of their choice, while its solicitors work towards paying them compensation.
Out of the nine affected families in this category, seven accepted the cheques while two requested that the gesture be explained in writing before they will receive the cheques.
The airline’s spokesman Tony Usidamen said that the airline was responding to this request and that it maintains contact with all the families, just as it has given assurances that adequate compensation will be paid to all residents affected by the disaster.
According to him, the process is currently being handled by the airline’s insurers.
On the insurance and contact with the families of the victims, he said the lead underwriter in Nigeria, Prestige Assurance Limited, and the company were currently coordinating the payment of interim benefits to the families, following legal verification of documentation and next of kin status by the appointed solicitors, Yomi Oshikoya & Co.
He said an additional eight completed claim forms were received at Dana Air’s Crisis Management Centre (CMC) in Lagos and Abuja yesterday, bringing the total received so far to 76.
“The company has advised that they come forward to the Chambers of Yomi Oshikoya & Co, in order to conclude advance payment formalities,” he said.
On Tuesday, July 3, 2012, Dana Air said nine families received cheques for interim benefits, after legal verification of documentation and next of kin status.