By Lawani Mikairu
Dana Air yesterday dismissed the broadcast messages circulating on WhatsApp requesting the public not to fly with Dana Air and another message urging Nigerians not to buy a ‘’Dana’’ branded rice that arrived the country from Pakistan and did not pass Health standard because it brings a virus only seen in pakistan
Reacting to what the airline called malicious messages, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa , Communications Manager, Dana Air said : “ Our attention has been drawn to two false and malicious broadcast messages circulating on WhatsApp requesting the public not to fly with Dana Air and another message urging Nigerians not to buy a ‘’Dana’’ branded rice that arrived the country from Pakistan and did not pass Health standard because it brings a virus only seen in pakistan.’’
“While we would ordinarily not want to dignify the perpetrators and their paymasters with a response, we felt the need to unearth their puerile, senseless and deliberate act of peddling two false broadcast messages about a single brand in one day. It is either their pay master is so clueless to have advised them to circulate both messages in one day or the perpetrators decided to be overzealous”.
“For the records, the Dana brand has been in Nigeria for over 45 years contributing positively to the Nigerian economy with quality products in the areas of Aviation, Steel, Manufacturing, Automobile, Banking, Real Estate, Health, and Beverage, just to mention a few”.
“The Dana Group being a proudly Nigerian brand committed to the growth of the economy and development of the country stopped the importation of rice in 2015 in line with the desires and commitment of both the outgoing and incoming administrations to grow local capacity for quality rice production in Nigeria”.
“Dana Air on its part has been battling and navigating these mischief-makers since inception in 2008, when the airline took the industry by storm by offering pocket-friendly fares, on-time departures, world-class in-flight service and above all, safe and reliable air transport, which the flying public never felt was possible at the time”.
“The peddlers of this baseless broadcast message have also refused to come to terms with Dana Air’s towering status in the industry having flown over 2.7 million passengers in the last 9 years of its operation, with a creative, passionate and dogged management team that have seen the airline survive even the worst operational challenges in the industry”.
“We therefore wish to reassure our teeming guests that their safety and comfort remains top-priority to us at Dana Air and our unwavering adherence to civil aviation regulations and global best practices are the reasons for our latest consecutive international recognitions”.
“We advise the perpetrators to desist from this evil act of working at cross-purposes with a conglomerate that has shown massive commitment and contributed immensely to the growth and development of our country, by providing jobs for our youths, supporting worthy causes with its broad CSR initiatives and production of quality products which can compete with global brands and for the well-being of Nigerians”, Ezenwa said.