November 29, 2022

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AIB-N’s improving operating standards to elevate air safety record in Africa

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L-R: Engr. Samuel Ameh, BAGAIA Technical Support/Training Director, Engr. Charles Irikefe Erhueh, BAGAIA Commissioner; Engr. Wali Mohammed, Director of Engineering, AIB-N, and Mr. Dennis Jones, Managing Director, NTSB, (Rtd), at the Workshop on “The Role of the Accident/Incident Investigation in the State Safety Program (SSP) and Flight Recorder Workshop -“Recorders and Beyond” held at Immaculate Diamond Hotels & Apartments, Abuja, Nigeria, 14th-18th November 2022.

The leadership in Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria, AIB-N, has resolved to more than double its efforts, nay quality and timeline of investigating accidents and incidents, and also to improve on its issuance of foolproof safety recommendations.

These, the AIB-N management believes will provide a shot in the arm to aviation safety standards in Africa and beyond, through quality investigations of air mishaps.

The AIB-N Commissioner, Engr. Akin Olateru, made known the bureau’s policy trajectory at the conclusion of the week-long workshop organized by AIB-N, and Bangul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency, BAGAIA, in partnership with the African Union, AU, and European Union, EU, under the aegis of Aviation Safety for Africa, EU-ASA.

Olateru, who was duly represented by the Director of Engineering, Engr. Muhammad Wali, stated that AIB will continue to work in partnership with relevant agencies and stakeholders in the aviation industry for secured airspace in the African sub-region and the entire world.

L-R: Engr. Charles Irikefe Erhueh, Commissioner Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency; Mr. Dennis Jones, Managing Director, NTSB (retired), Mr. Mario Colavita, EASA Safety Investigation Section Manager, EU-ASA Project representative, Engr. Mario Margarito Gomes; Chairman Board of Directors of IPIAAM, and Mr. Liban Said Shire, Director of Aircraft Accident Investigation in Somalia at the workshop on the Role of the Accident/Incident Investigator in the State Safety Program, (SSP), and Flight Recorder Workshop themed-“Recorders and Beyond” held in Abuja, Nigeria

He stated thus, “AIB, in partnership with industry stakeholders, will always play a critical role in promoting aviation safety through quality investigations and timely publication of reports,” he said.

He added that the Bureau’s resolve to continue aligning with the current trends of enhancing aviation safety through improved technology, training, and retraining of the personnel, will be sustained as it had severally contributed meaningfully to achieving the Bureau’s mandate.

Speaking, the BAGAIA Commissioner, Engr. Charles Irikefe Erhueh, appreciated the AIB-N’s management, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and AU for their support and cooperation towards the successful completion of the workshops.

Engr. Charles Irikefe Erhueh, said that the workshop was organized as part of efforts to drive safety measures and quick response during air mishaps in Nigeria and other African countries.

Erhueh, also called on the participants at the workshop to ensure they put all the knowledge and skills acquired at the training into practice in their various organizations.

The week-long workshops were titled the Role of Accident and Incident Investigation in the State Safety programs (SSP), and Flight Recorder- Recorder and Beyond.

Participants at the workshops were drawn from AIB, NCAA, the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), and the BAGAIA, amongst others.

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