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AIB trains 200 personnel of the FRSC and police for protection of crash sites

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A training at ensuring evidence at crash sites are protected for seamless and successful investigation by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has ended in Lagos.

200 security personnel from the Police and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Nigeria police were trained by top AIB officials and its partners from the United Kingdom.

The two-day workshop, with the theme: ‘Air Disaster Management’ which commenced on Monday in Lagos and ended today, focused on protection of investigation evidences by first responders who in most cases are personnel of security agencies.

The General Manager, Security and Safety, AIB, Mr. Olumide Osineye, one of the instructors at the workshop, said that the training of the security personnel would create awareness across the country on the importance of securing crash sites.

He also added that the training would enable the trained security agencies’ personnel to know and understand their roles in case of an accident, stressing that they would also be able to identify and appreciate the need for protection and preservation of evidences to aircraft accident investigation.

“You can imagine a police officer who is not aware of critical evidences like flight recorder. A police officer on site who has never seen flight recorder before and may be a flight recorder is being taken away ignorantly by unknown person. This is very critical to investigation”.

“In order to help and support AIB investigation, we hold it a duty to ensure that such category of trained personnel or organisations are aware of such critical component. These people are necessary for their education and awareness of their job.”

Osineye explained that this was not the first time AIB would be organising such a workshop for security personnel, recalling that the bureau recently organised training for some police officers in the country.

“Now, we are going beyond that to include the road safety officials because we know the FRSC too plays a role when accident occurs. These are field people. The education is important for us to do our job better. These people will have been on site before we get there. So, it is important for us to make them aware of this. We need to appreciate them in helping us to do our investigation,” he said.

He maintained that the feedbacks received from the previous trainings were encouraging, assuring that this would also add to the knowledge of the personnel.

Apart from Lagos and Abuja, he emphasised that the training would extend to other airports and stations across the country, noting that the importance of AIB in enhancing safety in the country’s airspace could not be over-emphasised.

He said: “The impact of AIB is great. First and foremost, all stakeholders are working towards the same goal. We are making a big leap to ensure that our safety investigation findings go a long way.

“What we do is that we ensure that the kind of accident we investigated for instance, does not recur again. However, the aim of AIB safety recommendations or investigations is not to apportion blame or obtain liability, but specifically for safety.”

Another batch of 200 security personnel also drawn from the FRSC and the police is expected to be trained in Abuja.

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