AIB wins Most Innovative Aviation Agency Award

Engr. Akin Olateru, AIB Commissioner

 

Posted by Sade Williams

 

Few hours after signing a Memorandum of  Understanding (Mou) with the University of Lagos  (UNILAG) on the use of its metallurgical laboratory  situated in Abuja, Accident Investigation Bureau  (AIB) was named the ‘Most Innovative Aviation  Agency.”

 

This is the latest in the series of awards the agency  charged with investigating aircraft accidents and  serious incidents has been receiving from  stakeholders for its sterling performance.

 

The award was bestowed on the agency by the  Association of Foreign Airlines Representatives in

Nigeria (AFARN) at a summit and award ceremony  held at the Sheraton Hotels and Suites in Lagos.

 

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AIB,  Engr.  Akin Olateru, while receiving the award on behalf  of  the bureau, commended the organisers for  recognising the performance of AIB.

 

Olateru was supported on the podium by the management team to receive the award.

 

Olateru noted that since the new management came  onboard in January 2017, it had released more  accident reports and safety recommendations than  any management before it.

 

So far, 45 per cent of safety recommendations  released to the public since 2006 was released by the current management. AIB was established in 2007  by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation Act (NCAR 2006).

 

Olateru assured that the award would further spur on the management to continue in the discharge of its  performance to the industry, stressing that Nigeria  through its recommendations; safety would further  be improved in the industry.

 

He said: “I am very glad to receive this award on  behalf of AIB. This award goes to show to the world

that AIB has been contributing to the growth of the  industry ever since it was established.

 

“Since we came onboard, we have released more  accident and incident reports and recommendations  than any other management before us. The fact is we will continue to do more and contribute our quota to  the development of the industry as a whole. As at today, we have released 35 final reports and a total of 147 safety recommendations since the inception of AIB. We believe that this has impacted  air safety, not only in Nigeria, but globally.

 

“With 66 safety recommendations out of147 and 16  final reports out of 35 recorded from January 2017  to date, we have achieved 45 per cent of our safety  recommendation and 46 per cent of publication of  the accident and serious incident report.”

 

Earlier, President of AFARN, Mr. Kingsley  Nwokoma said that AIB was selected based on its  outstanding performance in the past one year. According to him, AIB’s safety recommendations on incidents and accidents in recent time had helped to  further boost safety in the industry and prevent a  recurrence.

 

He urged other agencies and organisations in the  sector to emulate AIB.

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