Accident Investigations Bureau Relocates to Abuja, Seeks Partnership with Airforce
The Accident Investigation Bureau has called for collaboration with the Airforce to secure crash sites even as it has commenced the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Abuja from Lagos in line with the Ministerial directive.
The Commissioner AIB, Mr. Akin Olateru and other strategic officers had since been operating from Abuja.
This is to ensure an efficient and effective coordination and enhanced service delivery between the Federal Ministry of Aviation and its agencies.
The Minister of Aviation in a letter dated 4th May, 2020 had ordered all the agencies under the Ministry to relocate their Headquarters office to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja within 45days.
The letter read in part: “I am directed to remind you of the presidential directive issued in 2012 requesting agencies under the ministry to relocate their corporate headquarters to the Federal Capital Territory for efficient and effective coordination and enhanced service delivery between the ministry and its agencies and to note that, eight years after the directives, the agencies are yet to comply.
“Accordingly, considering the current situation and the economic impact worldwide, as well as the need to reduce the cost of governance and manage the scare resources in a sustainable way, it has become imperative and further to the Honourable Minister’s directives to request that you facilitate and complete the relocation exercise of your corporate headquarters to Abuja within the next 45 days, in line with earlier directives.”
Further to the directive given by the Federal Ministry of Aviation, the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria has strictly adhered to this directive by relocating its Head office to its office in Abuja, with the Commissioner/CEO and other essential staff reporting for duty at the Headquarters Office in Abuja.
According to the Bureau, this is an ongoing process, which will take a while for other essential staff to relocate to the Head Office considering the lockdown and funding to aid the relocation.
The Bureau has also effected these changes on all its social media platforms and other formal means of communications.
Other affected agencies included the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The other two agencies already outside Lagos are; Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) has always been in Abuja, while the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), has its head office in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) has called on the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) to collaborate with the Bureau in securing crash sites in the event of an air accident for seamless investigation.
The Commissioner AIB, Mr Akin Olateru made the call during a courtesy visit by the Abuja International Airport Commandant, Group Captain NS Hassan.
Mr. Olateru expressed optimism in the ability of the Nigeria Air Force to work in collaboration with the Bureau to secure material evidence around aircraft crash sites from being tampered with during air mishaps.
He said that tampering with material evidence inhibits accuracy of the investigation.
The Commissioner also called on the Nigeria Air force for the patronage of the Agency’s Flight Safety Laboratory, equipped with the state of the art facilities and well trained personnel for effective download of most Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR) and Flight Data Recorders (FDR) found on modern aircraft.
The AIB boss also stressed that the laboratory allowed the Bureau cheaper and faster conduct of accident investigation of aircraft crash, other than taking the CVR and FDR abroad for download.
Group Captain NS Hassan while thanking the Commissioner and his top management team for having him in his office, assured the Agency of the Nigeria Air Force’s support and collaboration in areas of common interests and mutual benefits in the onerous task of ensuring aviation safety and security when the need arises.
The Commandant’s visit came on the heels of the recent relocation of the Bureau’s corporate office to Abuja in line with government’s directive.