The Federal Government yesterday gave Dana Air a six-month ultimatum to pay claims to the families of the victims of the June 3, 2012 plane crash or face sanctions.
This was according to Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Oduah, at the 2013 ministerial platform in Abuja.
She said the airline had paid up to 60 per cent of the claims to the families, but currently experiencing some delays.
“Dana has actually done well in terms of compensating accident victims. The challenge Dana has is that of multiple claims. The multiple claims made it difficult to ascertain who should collect.
“And until they are able to do that, they will not pay multiple claims and we will continue verifying and re-verifying to ascertain who should be the next of kin to claim the money, but I know Dana has done up to 60 per cent.
“However, Dana is given till December. If they fail to pay completely, we would have to sanction them, they are aware of that, so I am sure they are accelerating the process.”
She said the sector had implemented some strategies to ensure that air accidents becomes history.
Oduah said the government was rendering additional assistance to families of victims of aircraft accident, including the Victim Family Insurance Package (VFAP) secured from the Nigerian Insurance Commission (NAICOM).