The Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, will in a few days from now release more accident investigation reports into various accidents and incidents in the country.
This will add up to over ten the number of accident reports thus far released this year.
The quick succession of the release of these accidents report which had lingered for so many years have been attributed to the commitment of the present administration to ensure that the safety recommendations were implemented to the latter to promote air safety in the country.
With the confidence reposed in the AIB for its state-of-the-act laboratory facilities and requisite professional accident investigators, the São Tomé and principe government early this year sought the assistance of the bureau to investigates the crash of a An – 74 aircraft, which occurred on the West African island.
According to the Spokesman of the agency, Tunji Oketumbi, the invitation to Nigeria’s AIB came from São Tomé and Principe through the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA), which is an arm of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Commenting on that country’s invitation, Commissioner, AIB, Mr. Akin Olateru said: “We are very pleased to be invited by BAGAIA to carry out this investigation, which is in recognition of and an explicit expression of confidence in our capabilities and professionalism. Without gainsaying, this opportunity to serve will further build AIB’s capacity as it provides a platform for practical learning; develops and enhances the skills set and knowledge base of our accident investigators, thereby increasing competency and promoting professionalism across board.”
According to investigation, São Tomé and Principe along with Cape Verde and Togo would soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the AIB to partner on aircraft accident investigations
Minister of state, aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika in his address of welcome at the just concluded International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, World aviation forum, in Abuja with the theme: “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure” said the government was supporting all efforts to promote safety in the Nigerian aviation sector.
According to the aviation minister, the support had led to ICAO’s approval of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria to one of its Regional training Centre and the Nigeria global average scores in the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme, USOAP.
Senator Sirika listed other areas of intervention in promoting air safety to include the complete reconstruction of Abuja international Airport runaway and the upgrade of Landing and Navigational aids at different airports in the country.
The feasibility studies for the second runway at the Abuja airport has been completed.