Air safety: AIB Signs MOU with France, Saudi Arabia, Benin republic

By Jalaluddeen Kano

The Accident Investigation Bureau, (AIB) says it has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with France and Benin Republic on accident investigation and other Air safety measures.

The Commissioner/ Chief Executive Officer, Accident Investigation Bureau, Engineer Akin Olateru, stated this during at a one-day sensitisation symposium on the activities of AIB held in Kano.

Engineer Akin Okateru, who was represented by the General Manager, Public Affairs AIB, Tunji Oketunbi, said the signing of the agreement would enable the agency to go and conduct investigation on aircraft that involve in accident in the countries

He explained that arrangements had also been concluded for signing of similar agreement with Saudi Arabia.

“The MoU would have been signed but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it had to be postponed.

Okateru noted that AIB had done creditably well in the area of impacting safety even to the admiration of the international community.

He said the Agency had so far issued no fewer than 50 accident reports since it was established adding that between 2017 to 2020, the agency had issued 32 accident reports which represented 60 percent of accident reports.

The Chief Executive said the workshop was aimed at keeping the critical stakeholders abreast with the activities of AIB as well as to get feedback from them on what they think about the agency.

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He said AIB would continue to accord priority attention to world class training for its investigators to enable them discharge their duties in accordance with the global best practices.

In a speech, the Secretary to Kano State Government represented by the Special Adviser on Cabinet Matters, Abdullah Mohammed, called for regular sensitisation of passengers on air travels safety measures.

The Regional Aviation Stakeholders Symposium was attended by various stakeholders including representatives of the police, FRSC, NAMA, Customs, Nigerian Army, NSCDC and aviation agencies among others.

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