The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has said that Nigeria’s airspace remains the safest in the world.
The Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Akin Olateru, made the claim during a regional enlightenment symposium organised for stakeholders in the aviation industry held in Enugu.
According to him, the country operates one of the safest aviation sectors globally.
Olateru, represented by the General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, observed that if not for the August 28, 2020 Bell 206 Helicopter crash in Lagos, the nation’s aviation industry had been without any form of crashes for the past five years.
He also maintained that despite the little setback, the aviation sector was not daunted in its commitment to achieving zero accident.
Olateru, however, told air passengers that the AIB would not relent in its quest to add values that would improve the aviation safety in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
He buttressed the reason behind the programme which was to engage stakeholders towards mapping out strategies on how to further grow the air transport system and promote safety culture.
According to him; “our duty, as accident investigators of civil aviation, is one thing, but understanding one’s needs is very critical to the success of any institution.
“The Bureau under the current administration is focussed on engendering relationships.
“This is aimed at facilitating excellence and ensuring world class standards in the investigation and prevention of air accidents in Nigeria”.
Olateru further averred the Bureau is an unbiased and professional body that has deliberately built the needed trust within the sector.
“This has prompted some institutions that want to partner with AIB.
“France, on their own, wrote to us, asking for collaboration, and we have signed an MoU with them,” Olateru said.
He went further to stress that AIB had a world class Flight Safety Laboratory in the nation’s capital, Abuja, which they want AIB to showcase.
“There is going to be a training for all accident investigators in the region, to showcase our laboratory before the end of this year,” he said.
Olateru again, said the Bureau had recently signed an MoU with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on partnership for mutual benefits.
According to him; “this collaboration will save the Air Force some money, in terms of fund it allocates to downloading its Flight Data Recorders, following an air crash.
“The collaboration will benefit us in terms of accessing remote crash sites faster and easily, since the Air Force has helicopters that can transport our investigators.
“AIB’s success story has really impressed not only agencies in the country but other nations,” he said.
FRSC Felicitates With Nigerians At Independence
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has congratulated the country and all Nigerians as the country celebrates 60th independence.
Oyeyemi, prayed for continuous prosperity, enjoining everyone to observe the holiday with sober reflections, stating that peaceful and safe celebration should be uppermost in the minds of all Nigerians.
According to Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, FRSC , the Corps Marshal stated this in his independence anniversary message in which he lauded the founding fathers of the nation for their vision, patriotism and commitment to building a virile, peaceful and prosperous nation that could serve the socio -economic and security needs of all citizens.
Oyeyemi particularly congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces for successfully piloting the affairs of the nation to her 60th independence anniversary and assured all Nigerians that FRSC will remain committed to improved service delivery in matters of road safety management and traffic administration in the country.
Oyeyemi enjoined all Nigerians to always exhibit the spirits of patriotic and remain sensitive to the national demands for peace, security and development as being put in place by the Federal Government to address the challenges of nation building. He reiterated the determination of the FRSC to supporting the Federal Government and all relevant stakeholders to achieve the much desired success in nation building especially in the areas of constructing more durable roads, railway lines and other modes of transportation necessary for achieving the social and economic targets of the administration.
The Corps Marshal further expressed concerns over the noticeable increases in certain traffic infractions being committed by some drivers across the country. These include speeding, route violation, overloading and traffic light violation, saying the identified offences constitute the major factors responsible for the fatal crashes that have been recorded in the country. “Recently, we recorded increasing cases of fatal crashes involving tankers in parts of the country with enormous human and economic loses. And like every Nigerian, we in the FRSC are pained by the great loses from the infernos, and therefore, putting in place appropriate measures that could avert the menace in the future,” the Corps Marshal stated.
“Accordingly, we are stepping up our collaborations with relevant stakeholders in tanker and petroleum transportation sector across the country and creating more aggressive public awareness on issues of minimum safety standards among petroleum tank operators,” he added.
Kazeem disclosed that as part of the proactive measures being put in place by the FRSC towards ensuring peaceful and safe independence celebration, adequate numbers of personnel and logistics have been mobilised for a special patrol aimed at effectively managing human and vehicular traffic during the period. He however, appealed to all Nigerians to support the campaign by promptly reporting cases of emergency either to the FRSC toll-free line: 122 or the studio of the National Traffic Radio through telephone lines: 08052998090 or 09067000015 respectively.