Imo state government has announced plans to build a Memorial Park in honour of the victims of the Sunday 3rd June Dana air crash that hail from the state. Gov. Okorocha who stated this during the Candle Light Service in memory of the victims at Ahiajoku Convention Centre, Owerri, regretted that the state recorded the greatest lost with about 30 victims which represent over 20% of those that lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.
The governor, therefore directed the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of the state to assemble a crack legal team of Senior Advocates that will join in the legal battle against Dana Airline towards ensuring that adequate compensation is paid to the families of the victims who are of the state origin.
He said :
“In consideration of the fact that our state suffered the greatest loss of lives in the ill-fated plane crash, I hereby direct the Attorney-General to immediately assemble a legal team that will join in the legal battle against the airline to ensure that adequate compensation is paid to the families of the victims. It is unfortunate that negligence and carelessness of someone else has cost us the lives of our dear ones. Though no amount of compensation could represent the lives lost, we as a state must make sure that the airline pays heavily for the negligence. “
Gov. Okorocha also announced the sum of 50 Million Naira from the state government to the families of the victims to assist them in the burial arrangements. While he decried the increasingly bloodshed in the country as a result of insecurity and negligence by some authorities, Gov. Okorocha lamented that Igbos have lost many lives for the unity of the country.
“It is regretted to say that Igbos have wasted more blood, be it Boko Haram, plane crash and other forms of crisis for the unity of this country. What that means is that Igbos have continued to provide the anchor point for the unity of this country.”
He, however, prayed God to strengthen the fortitude of the bereaved family members to bear what he described as ‘irreparable loss.’
The Candle Light Service was well attended by the religious leaders, top government officials, family members of the victims from Imo state, including the Onwuliris, Ibes, Anyenes, Ajuonumas and others. It also offered special prayers for the bereaved families and the unity of the nation.