ADC airlines may soon be back in business if the Federal Ministry of Aviation implements the recommendation of the Senate Committee requesting that its license be restored within three months.
ADC –Nigeria’s pioneering private airlines had its license withdrawn as a result of a 2006 air crash involving one of its planes.
But the Senate Committee on Aviation in a communiqué issued after an investigative hearing into the state of the aviation sector has requested the Federal Ministry of Aviation to “steps to restore ADC Airline’s Operating Licence within three months from 23rd April, 2009.”
Other resolutions of the Senate Committee are:
1. Payment of compensation to victims of the plane crashes of 2005/2006 be made by Insurance Companies concerned in accordance with the law without further delay.”
2. “The meeting frowned at the idea of negotiated payment of compensation, secrecy surrounding the same and non-disclosure agreement reached with the families of the victims by Crusader Insurance Company and the Russian Re-insurance Company, Ingosstrakh
3. The meeting further resolved, “that without prejudice to (1) above and in the light of the advice by the Hon. Attorney-General and Minister of Justice that in a Civil matter, as long as there is full disclosure, a person can waive his/her rights.
4. “Accordingly, any negotiated compensation below the minimum of $100,000 per victim may be allowed in the case of 2005/2006 crashes to further expedite action and put this matter to rest.”
5. That all parties involved in the dialogue on payment of compensation to the victims by Sosoliso Airline are encouraged to attend a peace meeting already scheduled by them to hold in Port Harcourt on 12th May, 2009 to resolve all outstanding issues and thereafter report back to the Committee
6. That the Bureau of Public Enterprises should proceed and conclude the privatization of Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL), on or before June 30, 2009 under an environment of high level transparency