With the spate of air crashes within and outside of Nigerian airspace, it has become very important for the aviation authorities to look into air travel safety and the regulations that surround it.
This is why Naijauto agrees with the timely hosting of a two-day stakeholders' forum by Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), to review its Civil Aviation Regulations for 2019. With the venue in Lagos, the forum aims to engage stakeholders to amend the Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations, 2016 while finding ways to promote safety in the aviation sector.
Stakeholders from the aviation, insurance, law enforcement, and the judiciary, are all expected to discuss the amendment of the regulations by the bureau with the objective of helping the body perform its role effectively.
According to Akin Olateru, the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of AIB, the amendments with the input of the stakeholders, will help to meet global standards. The 2-day forum at the end will help the bureau review its legal backing while it aims to meet with its functions and duties. The meeting also carries a stakeholder’s conference as part of the meeting to discuss safety and other critical issues.
Air safety is critical as the number of air passengers continue to grow!
With regards to conforming to a standard global practice, Olateru says:
“This is the way we can learn and grow the industry because we don’t know it all."
“We can only work together as a team and I believe that together we can build a more vibrant sector. We owe it to ourselves to contribute and add value to the system to make the aviation sector profitable.”
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He also stated that the aim of accident investigation was not to play the blame game, but rather, to find the root cause with the hope of preventing it from reoccurring. While also mentioning the agency's critical part in air safety he reiterated that funding was key to discharge its duties adequately.
He, however, begged for cooperation from other aviation agencies with AIB to ensure safer skies, while enjoying the teeming population of Nigerians to travel more by air.
Hope this event will result in better & safer air travel for Nigerians
Some of the stakeholders and speakers expected are Capt. Muhtar Usman, Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, Senator Bala Na’Allah, Director General, Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Babatunde Irukera, Managing Director, Aero Contractors, Capt. Ado Sanusi, and Group Managing Director NAHCO Aviance, Tokunbo Fagbemi, and many others.
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