THE Nigerian Senate, today, passed the bill for the Act to provide for the establishment of Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), a multimodal accident investigation agency, coming about a
month after the House of Representatives passed the same bill.
When assented to by the President, this will see to the transformation of Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB- N) into a multi modal safety Investigation agency adding Rail and Maritime to Aircraft Accident investigation.
Breaking the news to the staff of AIB-N today in Abuja, Engr. Akin Olateru, the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of AIB said: “It is with great pleasure that I send you all hearty Congratulations and announce that our New Bill before
the National Assembly has been passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives. We give all the glory to Almighty God. This is a bright new beginning for AIB.”
The establishment of the NSIB will put Nigeria at the top in Africa as regards transportation accident investigation with the country becoming the first to have such agency in the continent and it is happening under the visionary guidance and leadership of the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
According to Olateru, who thanked the Minister of Aviation, Senator Sirika for his support, this is a reward of the diligence and commitment of the staff of the agency who he said had been working tirelessly for the success of the exercise.
His words: “I wish to express my sincere thanks and
appreciation to the Honourable Minister of Aviation and you
all, my wonderful dedicated AIB team. Thank you for your
patience, hard work, perseverance and dedication to this cause.
“Thank you for revising, reviewing, editing and committing tirelessly to getting the bill prepared. Our efforts have been justly rewarded with success, and I appreciate each and every
one of you.”
Enlarging the operations of AIB into a multimodal agency was
one of the cardinal programmes of Engr. Akin Olateru when he assumed office as the fourth Commissioner/CEO of AIB in 2017.
The initiative got Federal
Executive Council approval and passed through the Ministry of Justice before landing at the National Assembly which conducted open hearings where all stakeholders
made their inputs.
Olateru stated that the establishment of the NSIB is a good development and will be of great benefits to all Nigerians as it would provide adequate legal and institutional framework for the regulation and administration of safety transportation occurrences in Nigeria.
“The NSIB would reinforce safety in all modes of transportation in Nigeria through distinctive, efficient and effective investigations of accidents and serious incidents involving any
of the mode of transportation within Nigeria or anywhere else Nigeria’s interest is affected,” he said.
He added: “The NSIB will determine the probable causes of accidents and serious incident occurrences in transportation and publish safety recommendations to operators, regulators
and others, which would help prevent the recurring of similar occurrences, therefore, improving safety of transportation in Nigeria”.
AIB-N through its rigorous investigations, reports and safety recommendations has greatly improved the safety of air travel in the country, with the industry recording only one fatal occurrence since 2015. Besides transforming AIB-N into a formidable and respected agency globally, this is one of the indelible marks Olateru will be leaving behind as the chief executive of the agency he took from relative obscurity to a key player in the global aviation industry.
Reacting to the news of the passage of the bill, the
Commissioner of Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA), Engr. Charles Erhue said “this is a great feat for the AIB family and to the Banjul Accord Group (BAG) region. I
wish to congratulate the Hon. Commissioner and entire AIB management team with the support of every staff who has committed time and resources in one way or the other to make this a huge success.”