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Petroleum Commission meets survivors of 2014 offshore helicopter crash over compensation

  • SOURCE: Citi Fm | qwesa2big
  • The Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Commission, Egbert Failbille Jnr., together with other top managers of the Commission, has met the two helicopter crash survivors in Takoradi.

    The invitation by the Chief Executive to the two survivors follows a Citi News’ report about the non-payment of compensation to the oil workers six years after they survived the Helicopter crash on their way to work.

    One of the survivors, Godfred Amankwah, spoke to Citi News’ Western Regional Correspondent, Akwasi Agyei Annim, after their meeting with the Commission.

    “We are very happy because the petition that we sent to the petroleum has been responded to within two days. We had the opportunity to meet the CEO himself and the board. We briefed them on what transpired and they have promised to look into the matter so they give us what is due us.”

    The two, Godfred Amankwah and Ebenezer Ampabeng, who were part of the 8th May 2014 helicopter crash, were motivated to reactivate calls for compensation when Citi News revisited the incident.

    In all, four out of eight petroleum workers died in the helicopter crash during a flight to work on the then Lukoil field off the Western Region coast.

    Godfred Amankwah and Ebenezer Ampabeng, both welders, were part of the lucky four who survived the crash.

    They were contracted by Tonimo Metal Works to carry out welding for MI Swaco, a subsidiary of Schlumberger, which was at the time doing drilling services for LukOil.

    Although the government constituted an investigative committee to look into the crash, the victims said they are yet to receive any compensation.

    Following a recent Citi Business News report on the Helicopter crash, the survivors say they received encouragement to fight on hence their decision to petition the Petroleum Commission for help on how to secure compensation.

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