AIB,NAF sign MoU to seal partnership in capacity building

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From left: Chief of Standard and Evaluation, NAF Headquarters AVM Ramigius Ekeh, President, Digital Bridge Institute, Prof Muhammad Ajiya, Representative of Chief of Air staff, AVM Isiaka Amao , Vice Chancellor University of Benin, Prof Lillian Salami, Chief Training and operations, NAF, AVM James Gwani, and the Commissioner/CEO, AIB-N , Engr Akin Olateru in a group photograph after signing an MOU on collaboration for capacity

The Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N), in line with its inter-agency collaboration agenda, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

This ground breaking ceremony was held 1st of July, 2020.

In a statement, Commissioner, AIB-N, Engr Olateru, stated that, “Our duty, as Accident Investigators of Civil Aviation, is one thing but understanding one’s needs is very critical to the success of an institution.”

Outlining the many benefits to the respective Agencies involved, and to Nigeria as a whole, the Commissioner confirmed that the Bureau is actively seeking similar collaboration with the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Federal Road Safety Corporation (FRSC), and Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Engr Akin Olateru, intimated that this agenda is hinged on the importance of mutual knowledge exchange, human capacity development and shared resources in the pursuit of excellence in service delivery.

This groundbreaking development, the first of its kind in the history of AIB Nigeria, occurred barely a week after the courtesy visit of the Air Force Commandant to the Bureau’s Head Office in Abuja.

The Bureau, under this current administration, is focused on engendering relationships which enable excellence and enduring world-class standards in the investigation and prevention of Air Accidents in Nigeria

Olateru signed the agreement on behalf of AIB-N, while Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao who represented Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff of NAF at the signing ceremony also put pen to paper on behalf of the Nigerian Air Force.

Amao commended the leadership at AIB-N for consistently seeking ways to improve safety in the nation’s airspace through early release of accident investigation reports.

He assured Olateru that NAF would ensure maximum cooperation with the bureau in areas of common interests and mutual benefits in the onerous task of ensuring aviation safety and security.

Amao said that NAF had over the years made tremendous progress in research and development.

He noted that remarkable progress made by NAF in recent time was not unconnected with strategic partnership with ministries, departments and agencies for enhanced research and development.

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