By Our Reporter

 


Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio yesterday said he recently warned the Managing Director of Dana Air on the need to ensure its aircraft are air-worthy.

Godswill Akpabio

The governor, according to a statement by his Commissioner for Information, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, advised Dana’s management in a recent telephone chat not to endanger the lives of Nigerians.

The governor’s warning came on the heels of an averted air disaster involving Dana aircraft en-route Lagos from  Uyo, which  had technical problems  that forced the aircraft  to hover for hours before finally making it  to Lagos.

Akpabio bemoaned the disaster and described it as a national calamity that calls for more stringent safety measures in the aviation sector.

He said regulatory agencies should ensure that airline operators adhere strictly to global aviation operational standards.

The governor, who called on airline operators in the country not to experiment with the people’s lives, maintained that similar situations had caused serial air disasters in the past thereby resulting in massive loss of lives and the extinction of affected airlines.

 

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