Stories by Lawani Mikairu
TWENTY TWO members of staff of the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, would soon leave for on-the-job-training in accident investigation at the United States National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB.
Commissioner of AIB, Engineer Akin Olateru, who said this in Lagos after the NTSB workshop for the agency’s staff at AIB headquarters noted that the collaboration between AIB and the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was informed by the need to train accident investigators for optimal performance.
He also said no staff of the agency was trained since 2013 and that when he was appointed commissioner, he met with NTSB to discuss partnerships in capacity development.
Olateru said, “This is the outcome of the meeting I had with the NTSB in the United States of America, its counterparts from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and others. At the workshop, the participants were trained on strategy, taken through the various aspects of accident investigations including Annex 13 guidance materials, investigational organizational factors and human performance.”
He also disclosed that 18 accident investigators who were recruited since 2013 were never trained and that the participants at the workshop were also drawn from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the domestic airlines, and members of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA). He added that the workshop was not only for training but also to provide opportunities to discuss with the staff and share ideas.
Also speaking at the event, the Managing Director of NTSB, Mr. Dennis Jones, commended AIB for having a robust accident investigation programme compared to other investigation agencies in Africa.
Jones said, “I would say that I have been in over 30 countries in Africa on accident investigation. Nigeria’s AIB has a robust programme. I have been in the workshops around the region; we actually invited Nigerian accident investigators to come, teach others, and show others about the programme here in Nigeria. In many ways, it has been an exemplary programme for accident investigations for other regions.”
He also said there have been drastic reductions in air accident in Africa and attributed this to a lot of measures being put in place to reduce the occurrence.