NEWS AIB-N begins transition to NSIB to investigate maritime, rail accidents

Some of the training airplanes at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria

The Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria (AIB-N) has begun its transition to a multimodal transport accident investigation agency by forming an internal committee to implement the new Act establishing the Nigeria Safety Investigation Bureau (National Bureau of Standards).

President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the AIB-N Bill passed by the National Assembly making the bureau, which used to investigate aircraft accidents and incidents, a multimodal accident investigation agency which will also be responsible for other modes of transport .

Director of the bureau, engineer. Akin Olateru revealed this through Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager of Public Affairs, who revealed that the committee was formed following the approval of the new NSIB Act 2022 by President Muhammad Buhari and the Supreme Court Gazette on November 2, 2022. 28th.

“With this, the title of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AIB-N has been changed from NSIB Commissioner to Director-General,” said the statement signed by Oketunbi.

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The newly formed National Security Investigations Service is now responsible for investigating serious accidents and incidents in air, sea, rail and other modes of transport in Nigeria and wherever national interests are affected.

The commissioner, who commended the federal government for establishing an intermodal transport agency, said Nigeria would join the global trend in ensuring the safety of all modes of transport.

He commended the National Assembly for passing the bill and the President for agreeing to it.

Olateru praised Hon for his tenacity and leadership. Thanking the Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika and the Federal Ministry of Aviation for supporting the creation of the NSIB, which he said will open a new chapter in Nigeria’s traffic safety.

In setting up the NSIB New Act Implementation Committee, Olateru commended the support and sacrifice of AIB-N staff and management to ensure the passage of the Act.

“Together we did it for the good of the country. I salute your commitment, sacrifice and determination without which we would not have been able to achieve this goal,” he added.

Expanding AIB-N’s operations into an intermodal agency is one of Engr’s major plans. When Akin Olateru took office in 2017.

With this in mind, the bureau, under his leadership, actively lobbied for the creation of the NSIB, which would allow the bureau to broaden its mandate to cover not only air crash investigations, but also other modes of transportation that meet global standards. standard practice.

The Commissioner assured at the Senate Aviation Committee and House Aviation Committee public hearings on the passage of the NSIB bill in 2020 that the NSIB would enable the Bureau to improve the safety standards of the nation’s transportation network through the quality of accident and major incident investigations, Issue reports and security recommendations in a timely manner.

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