The Accident Investigations Bureau (AIB) is now offering air accident services to some African countries, the Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has said.
Sen. Sirika disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the opening of the Four-Day Workshop organised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), African and Indian Ocean (AFI) Region.
The minister said the government has repositioned the AIB, to offer accident investigation services to other African countries.
The workshop has the theme; ICAO-AFI Regional Workshop On Improvement Of A Fundamental Safety Oversight System In The Area Of Aircraft Accident And Incident investigation (AIG) Within RASG-AFI States.
According to him, AIB was in Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and other countries recently, offering services to them because, Nigeria is now a leader since the current administration assumed responsibility.
He said that the AIB had in the last two years been equipped and improved the processes of accident investigation through training of personnel and equipping its laboratory.
The minister disclosed that the capacity building in the bureau had yielded results which had led to the patronage from many countries in Africa to assist them in accident investigation.
Mr Akin Olateru, the Commissioner/CEO of AIB, said that the workshop was part of ICAO’s effort to ensure strong collaboration within the African region in terms of accident investigation and enhancing safety within the region.
According to him, ICAO is hosting the workshop in Nigeria because of the recognition of the achievements of AIB in the last two years in the area of accident investigation.
“And one of the lined up event is for the African member states to visit our facility and to showcase our laboratory because ICAO wants us to lead and ensure that we assist all other nations in the area of accident investigation.
“We are currently helping many nations and one of the highlights of this event is signing an MoU with the Republic of Benin to assist them in terms of accident investigation.
“For instance, we helped Sao Tome to investigate the air accident that happened in that country and we have concluded that investigation and that makes it first time in the history of AIB to conclude accident investigation within one year’’, he said.