Minister of State, Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika has said that the ongoing review of the Civil Aviation Investigation of Accidents and Incidents Regulations 2006 will further enhance the process of investigation in the aviation industry.
The minister who spoke at a stakeholders meeting on the Draft Amendment To The Civil Aviation Investigation of Accidents and Incidents Regulations 2006 organised by the Accident Investigation Bureau(AIB) in Lagos stated that the amendment process has been duly followed as stipulated in the subsisting regulation, 2006 with the participation of the observer to the Bureau’s Regulation Committee reporting back to the Federal Ministry of Aviation on the amendments.
Sirika, who was represented by Special Assistant (Technical) Capt. Musa Nurudeen, further said that he believes all the relevant amendments are in conformity with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13 on Accident Investigation, which has been included in this draft amendment before the stakeholders before today.
He urged stakeholders to make their contributions to the draft amendment to improve accidents and incidents investigation in the industry, believing that stakeholders’ inputs would be added to the final regulations of 2016.
“I implore you to do justice and make your valuable contribution to the draft amendment to further improve the sector in the aviation industry. It is my belief that your input will be considered and included in the final Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations 2016 for Honourable Minister of State Aviation assent.” he said
Sirika stated that he looked forward to having updated regulations for AIB, which according to him would ultimately enhance aviation safety in Nigeria, reminding stakeholders that aviation like security was not negotiable.