- NAAPE visits, commends investigators
ACCIDENT Investigation Bureau (AIB) has said that its accident reports of the bureau have received commendations due to the processes adopted by the management before releasing such to the public.
The Bureau has also charged members of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) to be more professional in the discharge of their duties.
The Bureau stated this when the leadership of NAAPE, led by its President, Engr. Abednego Galadima paid a courtesy visit to its office at the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
Commissioner of the Bureau, Engr. Akin Olateru in a statement by Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, Head, Public Affairs, said that the release of accident reports by the bureau has not been faulted by any individual or organization in recent time due to the new approach adopted by the current management, which removed accident reports from the apron string of individuals to collective contributory.
He explained that because of the quality of works done by investigators, no engine or aircraft manufacturer had faulted the reports of the agency on aircraft incident or accident.
“The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika recently told me that we should not rush our reports so that it can’t be faulted by anyone. So, I took the time to take him through the process to show him that our reports can’t be faulted. Our reports are not done individually again.
“Now, we have groups consisting of experienced and inexperienced investigators. No one personalizes reports again. And after the groups have finished their work with the draft reports, we send them to stakeholders for their comments and observations. On getting feedbacks, we now do a general review, which involves virtually all the investigators, before it goes out for proof reading.”
Olateru insisted that aviation industry anywhere in the world is technical and volatile, stressing that whatever developments that takes place in other sector affects aviation industry.
He further disclosed that Sirika was working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ensure that interest rates on loans obtained by investors in the sector was not more than 9 per cent, stressing that this would go a long way in improving standards in the sector.
He emphasized that it required expertise for an investor to run an airline business successfully and enjoined investors in the sub-sector to allow proven professionals to run their business.
On the NAAPE visit, Olateru said if members of NAAPE aircraft engineers and pilots in various organizations displayed professionalism in the discharge of their duties, the Nigerian aviation industry would experience more growth while the sector would continue to remain safe for flight operations.
He also lauded NAAPE for showing pragmatic professionalism in dealing with managements of various organizations in the industry, saying that their attitude had brought stability to the sector and enjoined them to continue with this approach.
He said: “There is no organization without workers and if there is no organization, there will be no workers. Your association has demonstrated enough professionalism.
“Without NAAPE, there is no aviation. NAAPE is one of the most important unions in the industry. I am not however saying that other unions are not important. But, everything surrounds aircraft. If there is no aircraft, there is no aviation. NAAPE comes first in the industry. So, I will want you to also enjoin your member to be more professional in the discharge of their duties.”
In his reaction, Galadima commended Olateru for bringing stability to AIB within a short period of time.
He promised that the association would work closely with the management especially in the area of accident prevention and would also sensitize his members on non-hazard and violation according to Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
He added: “We want to see that the industry grows. We are here to see that aviation in Nigeria grows and gets a win-win for employees and employers in the industry. We recognize that AIB has paucity of funds, but despite this, the bureau has been paying the license fee to NAAPE members in the agency.
“I will also use this opportunity to call for the release of promotion letters to our members in your organization as the year is running out. Also, I seek proper placement as it affects our members. We will support you, but as friends, we will also tell you the truth.”
Besides, Comrade Ocheme Abba, the General Secretary of NAAPE, said the meeting was necessary in order to forge a relationship between the two organizations.
He reiterated that one of NAAPE’s mandates was to ensure growth in the industry, which he said the association had carried out successfully over the years.