#DanaCrash: Men in Black – President Jonathan, ministers mourn Dana victims at FEC meeting

It was a solemn time today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as the Federal Executive Committee dedicated its weekly meeting to the memory of the Dana plane crash victims.

The president and council members in attendance all donned black attires. The lights were dimmed, short comments were made, and prayers offered to God.

In a speech at the meeting, President Jonathan assured Nigerians and the international community that he has directed the “fullest possible investigation to be undertaken to ensure that the proper lessons are learnt.”

“This administration stands ready to take whatever action may become necessary to prevent the recurrence of air mishaps,” President Jonathan said.

He described the crash as a “highly regrettable setback to ongoing efforts to reposition the aviation sector.”  The president also called on all stakeholders to join hands with his government in proactively implementing actions that will benefit the aviation industry.

He urged that no one rushes to judgment over the matter, calling for caution in the face of the deluge of “theories and speculations” on the pages of newspapers, airwaves and the social media. Furthermore, the president promised that wherever it is established that there was a clear dereliction of duty, he would not hesitate to take firm action.

Also, at the FEC meeting today, a National Condolence Register was opened.

The president also set up two committees. The first one comprising the Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Trade and Investment Minister, Olusegun Aganga, CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido and the Chief Economic Adviser, Mrs Precious Kassy Garba, is to look into taxes and other tariffs in the aviation industry; while the second is a technical investigation/administrative review committee set up to look into tariffs and other taxes in the aviation industry.

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