The Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA)
says, in the last few years Africa has suffered fewer hull losses as compared to the era when aircraft were dropping of the skies.
The Commissioner, BAGAIA, Mr. Charles Irikefe who stated this at the sixth Commission Meeting of the BAGAIA in The Gambia says, in the region with Nigeria as a case study, it had gone 6 years without a single crash until recently of military plane crashes, adding that, this is laudable for all as Africans because the continent was learning fast to ensure that its safety recommendations were implemented.
“The entire region is learning from reports that our Member States’ Accident Investigation Bureaus are churning out and with BAGAIA inclusive, we hope to replicate the same efficacy in those countries which may not have the wherewithal to conduct these investigations and make safety recommendations”.
He said, the meeting in the past couple of days have not only been revealing but had also shown that with all hands on deck, there was more that could be achieved as a region with regards to investigating incidents and accidents and putting the results to the service of aviation and humanity in general.
The Banjul Accord Group Aviation Safety Oversight Organization (BAGASOO) Regional Finance and Administrative Manager, Mr. Herbert Jow representing Executive Director of BAGASOO, called for deeper partnership between the Regional Accident Investigation Organization (RAIO) BAGAIA and the Regional Safety Oversight Organisation (RSOO) BAGASOO.
He said the organization was mulling the alignment of policies and procedures between the organisations, stressing that it presented an opportunity to work more closely to address common challenges in the sub region for both member and non-member States.
“We are delighted therefore to emphasize that our presence at this meeting demonstrates our determination to commit to greater collaboration, building on a relationship of mutual support, exchange of ideas, sharing of expertise and furthering of a fruitful partnership”.
“To start with we are of the opinion that for uniformity under the umbrella of BAG, for the two organizations to harmonize their corporate administrative policies and procedures (staff rules/financial regulations etc..) were possible and also align the protocols for the provision of services to our member States and non-member States”.