By OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Sahara Group has denied accusations its subsidiary
was selling sub-standard Jet fuel and thus liable for a spate of air crashes.
The company said it was aware of such accusations through the print media,
on the internet and on social media, implying one of its companies, So Aviation
Fuel Limited, was involved in such acts.
This implied the firm was responsible of the ill-fated Dana Airlines
flight, the Nigerian Air Force helicopter in which General Andrew Azazi
lost his life in 2012 and the recent Bristow Helicopter crash in Lagos.
“These allegations and insinuations are too grave in nature to go
unchallenged. Therefore, the onus is on us as responsible citizens and
stakeholders to set out the facts before the public and our customers,”
Sahara stated in Lagos.
It stated nonetheless, even though it had not been alleged, it would state
its position on two other unfortunate air accidents, the Associated
Airlines accident in 2013 and the NAF 030 Dornier aircraft that crashed in
Kaduna this August.
Sahara said since inception, So Aviation had focused on the procurement of
quality Aviation fuel and optimum customer service delivery with the goal
of guaranteeing customer satisfaction.
“These core values have earned the company its reputation as a reliable
and customer-focused Marketer in the industry.”
It pointed out Sahara lost very close associates, friends and relatives in
the Dana, Associated Airlines and NAF helicopter accidents and the scars
and pains were still fresh and deep.
“It is extremely insensitive and disrespectful to the memories of the
deceased and the grieving families who lost loved ones in these
unfortunate incidents for reckless rumours to be circulated on the likely
cause of the accidents,” Sahara stated.
“Finally, we pray that the Nigerian public will not be swayed into
believing rumours that are not substantiated by hard, credible facts and
will continue to travel in full knowledge that the Country’s air travel
regulators give their safety the highest priority.” – CAJ News