Posted by Sade Williams
The government of Liberia has concluded plans to establish an Accident Investigation Group (AIG) in the country and commence full operation on or before July 2022 to help entrench development and safety in its airspace with the assistance of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigative Agency (BAGAIA)
This is just as it has resolved also to appoint a chief executive and BAGAIA Commission Member for the Accident Investigation Group Liberia as soon as possible to drive the process.
Minister of Transport,Hon. Samuel Wlue made this known in Monrovia, the Liberian State capital playing host to the Commissioner of the Regional Investigative Agency, BAGAIA, Engineer Charles Irikefe Erhueh at the Royal Hotel, Boulevard Sinkor, Monrovia where the two-day meeting is held.
The Minister expressed optimism that with the establishment of an AIG, the gains that neighbouring West African countries Ghana and Seirra Leone have attained will not elude Liberia and will help the country entrench safety.
He highlighted evolving global situations including threats to Civil Aviatiuon like terrorism, environmental protection and a host of others as why the meeting with the BAGAIA Commissioner is significant for the country and the entire sub-region.
The Minister also pledged the payment of the country’s outstanding financial obligation and put measures in place where the CAA will help the prospective AIG clear outstanding, while subsequent payment will be as budgeted for by the new agency.
Commissioner of BAGAIA, Engineer Erhueh who responded stressed that :
“From today and tomorrow we would hold series of strategic sessions to review gaps and make resolutions that would be geared towards that Liberia establishes its own air craft accident investigation agency. I believe,honorable minister,we would work together as a team and we would achieve more in a bid to help Liberia meet its target for the establishment of an AIG.”
Deputy General Secretary of Roberts Flight Information Region that has 3 members state (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone), Mr. Emil Rogers says with a key word that establishing the Accident Investigation Bureau in Liberia is geared towards ensuring and improving on safety in the aviation industry of the country.