Accident Investigation Bureau-Nigeria, AIB-N, Laboratory, Abuja
The world-class organization renowned for unravelling the immediate and remote causes of serious air incidents and accidents, Accident Investigation Bureau-Nigeria, AIB-N, will soon avail the global aviation community of its specialized training academy, situated at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
Engr Akin Olateru, AIB-N Commissioner/Chief Executive, who made this known said the specialized academy will be commissioned by the second quarter of the year 2023 to immediately commence impacting investigators in the art and science of accidents and incidents investigation.
The AIB-N Academy will also equip participants with the methodology for handling the forensic aspects of shreds of evidence in the investigation and on how to generate concise reports and in the issuance of safety recommendations.
The Commissioner/CEO who is superintending over the bureau ranked the fourth in the global ranking (among air accident and incident investigation and prevention agencies) made these known when he received the Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria (NCAT), Capt. Alkali Modibbo and his top management team who paid him a courtesy visit at the AIB corporate head office in Abuja.
While welcoming his guests, Olateru enthused, “AIB is setting up a training school which is the first of its kind in the history of Africa. It is a welcomed initiative”.
Akin Olateru further revealed that AIB had begun “talking to NCAT among great institutions in the world that teach aircraft accident investigation courses. We have worked on a curriculum and we will want us to revisit that because the training school is about 90 per cent completed” he said.
In his opening remarks, the NCAT Rector, Capt. Alkali Moddibo said it is very important that the existing collaboration among aviation agencies and parastatals be jealously sustained as COVID-19 had taught the world the value in a united front to overcome challenges.
Modibbo also said AIB-N’s commitment to acquiring modern facilities and manpower development resonates positively with NCAT and added that NCAT had been re-equipping to remain at the forefront in aviation education.
The Rector demanded more patronage from AIB-N even as he appreciated the synergy between the two agencies in the area of capacity development.
Capt Alkali Modibbo added that the college had begun making efforts to up the safety and security standards in the campus as more than 40 armed security operatives had been deployed to man the institution’s security system.
Responding, the AIB-N Commissioner urged NCAT management to create a platform for training all non-technical personnel of the aviation industry on aviation awareness appreciation programs.
Olateru said that at AIB, “training is what has been central to what we do. So far, we have trained 48 of our staff at NCAT. Before the end of this year, we will be training 16 of our staff to have a Private Pilot License (PPL). The program is starting on February 14th this year. So far, we have trained 17 of our aircraft engineers at NCAT. We are currently having nine of our staff on students review.”
He further revealed that AIB had, “trained two of our air traffic controllers and two dispatchers at NCAT. Recently, one of the new units we set up, the Command-and-Control Centre also had seven staff trained on radiotelephony. So, it is a partnership that is growing” he noted.
Olateru urged the States and Federal Government to endeavour to sponsor students in NCAT as they used to do. He explained that the gesture would enable children of poor background to benefit from NCAT training servicesShare