The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has set up a 10-man committee to evaluate all the safety recommendations of the Accident Investigation Bureau on recent incidents in the industry.
The committee, which was inaugurated on Wednesday, consists of officials of the AIB, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Transportation and two industry experts, and is chaired by the AIB Commissioner, Akin Olateru.
Olateru said the committee would work for 30 days, appraise all the AIB’s safety recommendations on incidents and accidents in the industry, and come up with a report to determine if they were effective or should be changed.
The commissioner stated that the AIB inherited 27 outstanding accident reports when he was appointed last year, adding that 10 were released at the end of 2017 and 35 safety recommendations were made.
According to him, the AIB has made 120 recommendations from inception that need to be evaluated.
Olateru said, “This becomes necessary in order to consolidate the remarkable efforts being made by this management since assumption of office to extend the frontiers of aviation safety, not only in Nigeria, but globally. For accident investigation to be relevant and effective, it must be thorough, impartial and timely.
“Timeliness is of essence. You will recall that we recently released three preliminary reports of two serious incidents and an accident shortly after they occurred. Safety recommendations are as critical as the investigation itself, as they are the lever used to effect safety changes and improvements in the aviation industry.”
According to him, the purpose of accident investigation, which is to improve aviation safety, cannot be achieved if recommendations are not found to be effective by the stakeholders.
He stated, “The recommendations guide the regulators, operators, the ministry and other stakeholders in the industry. While we appreciate that our safety recommendations have recorded positive impacts locally and globally, we found it imperative to holistically review the effectiveness of all the recommendations with a view to enhancing aviation safety to the benefits of all air travellers.
“It is with this background that the AIB decided to review our recommendations from inception, totalling 120, and measure the level of their effectiveness. To ensure balance and objectivity, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has approved the appointment of experienced industry experts as consultants to the committee.”
Olateru said the committee would engage the affected stakeholders on the effectiveness of the safety recommendations addressed to them and submit its report to the AIB management, which would work on it for the benefits of the industry.