June 6, 2023

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Mr Akwesi Prempeh, Commissioner, Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation and Prevention Bureau of Ghana, AAIIPB-Ghana.

Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB-N, has been ranked among the few very best in the world, with trained manpower in sufficient numbers and also with a world-class state of the art laboratory.

Given the verdict was the Commissioner, Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation and Prevention Bureau of Ghana, AAIIPB-Ghana, Mr Akwesi Prempeh.

Akwesi Prempeh who led a four-man team to Nigeria to understudy AIB-N standard operational procedures and its systems said “AIB-N is one of the most developed accidents investigation bodies in the world”.

He added that for its counterpart in Ghana which he presides over to grow and remain relevant, its leadership have compelling reasons to collaborate with AIB-N.

These were among the remarks made at the headquarters of AIB-N in Abuja after a well-guided tour of AIB-N state of the art laboratory by the four-man team from Ghana. The team were on a three-day working visit.

Prempeh specifically said that the essence of the visit was for AAIIPB-Ghana to acquire more knowledge on key policies, regulations, procedures and the structure of AIB-N, stressing that its Flight Safety Laboratory and Command and Control Centre were world-class.

Engr Akin Olateru, AIB-N, Commissioner/CEO

He added that it was necessary for other bodies on the continent to learn from AIB-N’s expertise, manpower development and others, stressing that collaboration between the two bodies would go a long way to improve safety in the African airspace.

Ghana AAIIPB helmsman affirmed that AIB-N’s equipment, infrastructure and documentations were in conformity with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) recommended best standard practices and promised to incorporate similar policies and programs into AAIIPB-Ghana.

Moreover, Prempeh pointed out that the experience garnered from the AIB-N would enable it devise a method of financing its newly created bureau. He added that some of its technical staff would soon be in Abuja for training by AIB-N

In his reaction, Olateru said that the Ghanaian accident investigation body as a new entity would require the experience of an institution like AIB-N, noting that such a partnership would further enhance inter-country relations.

He added that AAIIPB-Ghana was not the first bureau to seek technical assistance and partnership with Nigeria and mentioned the Republic of Benin as one of those countries AIB-N had signed an agreement in recent times.

He said: “The AAIIPB-Ghana wants to learn from our mistakes and from the things we’ve done very well. They came to inspect our facilities and what we’ve done so far is to take them round to also inspect our equipment. They’ve met with a lot of our investigators and almost all the heads of units.

Olateru reiterated the importance of human capital development, which he said was a basic area that AIB-N would be very useful to Ghana, adding that Nigeria’s safety laboratory would be available for use by the neighbouring African country until it could fund its own project.

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