FG Suspends Dana Air Operations, Orders Comprehensive Audit of Airline for Safety Reasons

Chinedu Eze

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has directed the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to suspend the operations of Dana Air following a runway incident in Lagos on Tuesday.

This was contained in a letter addressed to the acting Director General, NCAA, Captain Chris Najomo and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, directing the DG to suspend the airline over safety concerns.

“As the supervisor overseeing our nation’s aviation safety and regulatory compliance, it has come to the Honourable Minister’s attention that recent incidents involving Dana Airline have raised serious concerns regarding both the safety and financial viability of their operations.

“In light of these incidents and with the paramount priority being the safety and well-being of our citizens and travelers, the Honourable Minister has directed that you immediately initiate the suspension of Dana Airline’s fleet until a comprehensive audit can be conducted. This audit should encompass all aspects of safety protocols, maintenance procedures, and financial health to ensure full compliance with our aviation regulations.

“The recent incidents have underscored the urgency of this matter, and it is imperative that swift and decisive action be taken to safeguard the interests of all stakeholders involved. I trust in your expertise and diligence in carrying out this audit thoroughly and expeditiously. Please keep me informed of the progress and any significant findings throughout this process.

“Your dedication to upholding the highest standards of aviation safety is deeply appreciated”, the letter stated.

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