By OLUWOLE FAROTIMI
Lagos State Government yesterday gave cheques to five persons whose property were taken over by the state government for the construction of a Cenotaph at the site of the Dana Air crash that occurred in Iju Ishaga area of the state.
It was gathered that the state government officials and the recipients were advised to keep sealed lips on the amount involved in the compensation.
Sources, however stated that N20 million was earmarked by the government for the compensation. It was also gathered that N14 million out of the total sum was paid to the family that lost five person to the incident.
The victims are Wahab Oshinaya, Ezekiel Akin-Jesu, Ramota Akinwusi, Daniel Omowumi and Isaac Aduroja.
Presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries on behalf of the state government, the Eexecutive Secretary of Lagos Lands Bureau, Aina Salami, said it was in tandem with the promise made by Governor Babatunde Fashola, that those whose land were taken over would be compensated.
On June 3, 2012, a Dana MD 83 flight from Abuja to Lagos, crash-landed at Iju-Ishaga, killing all passengers on board and about four on the ground. The crash that left many families griefing also caused massive destruction to property in the area.
The state government subsequently acquired the crash site totalling about five plots and erected a cenotaph in memories of 167 persons, who lost their lives in the incident.