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AIB-N, NCAA, building capacity to push back the frontiers of air safety in Africa

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Front row, 5th from left, Dr. Abiodun Asekun, former Managing Director, (Maintenance), American Airlines, Matt Robinson of Southern California Safety Institute, SCSI, and Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB-N, at the 2019 diet of the workshop in Lagos, “Investigation Management and Media Relations, IMMR

With the view to consolidate the enviable seven years’ safety record in Nigeria by rolling back the frontiers of safety standards in air transport, the Accident Investigation Bureau-Nigeria, AIB-N, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, in conjunction with the Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI), have flagged off a capacity building training in Abuja.

A media statement by AIB-N, says the ongoing workshop is for Investigators, Aviation journalists, and other key stakeholders, in the promotion of air safety in Africa’s most populous nation.

The media statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB-N, Mr. Tunji Oketumbi, explains the workshop is designed “to train Air Safety Investigators, Airport correspondents, Aviation stakeholders, among others.

The workshop is also to impart the basic skills required for efficient and effective air accident Investigation and its coverage, as well as, good management of information arising from the investigation and its accurate reportage.

The theme of the capacity building workshop holding at Immaculate Diamond Hotel, Abuja, is “Investigation Management and Media Relations, (IMMR)”.

L-R: Mr. Matt Robinson of Southern California Safety Institute, Akin Kola-Akinlade, participant, Dr. Abiodun Asekun, former Managing Director, (Maintenance) American Airlines, at the 2019 diet of the workshop; Investigation Management and Media Relations, (IMMR)

Addressing participants at the workshop which will end on Friday, 11th November 2022, the key faculty members, and experts in their own rights, Mr. Matt Robinson, from Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI), and the program Coordinator, Dr. Abiodun Asekun, a renowned aircraft engineer, both stated that, the program is designed to ensure that participants at the end of the training are expected to be abreast of basic principles of Air Accident Investigation.

They added that, by the time the workshop winds up on Friday, participants would have been acquainted with the globally approved framework, required for the efficient and effective
conduct and coordination of aviation safety management systems (SMS).

Participants are drawn from industry Regulators, Air Traffic Controllers, Airspace Managers, Air Accident Investigators, and Media Practitioners, among others.

Recall that a similar workshop was organized in Lagos by AIB-N in 2019, for aviation correspondents while the follow-up slated for 2020 was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ongoing workshop in Abuja has assumed a forerunner to yet another edition of a regional workshop to commence about a week’s time by the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA ) program to be hosted by AIB-N

This pleasant coincidence without an iota of doubt arouses a pleasant perception about the premium AIB-N placed on capacity building and intellectual fora for the exchange of ideas on how air safety records in Africa will run at par if not better than what obtains in Western Europe and the US.

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