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Air Accident Probe Demands Highest Professionalism –Olateru

 The Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N), Engr. Akinteru Olateru
 The Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N), Engr. Akinteru Olateru.

BEVERLY HILLS, April 19, (THEWILL) – The Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N), Engr. Akinteru Olateru, has stated that, after safety, their next priority would be to ensure that the agency continued to deliver their mandate which had to be done to the highest professional level.

According to Engr Olateru, the best that can be done would be to release a report in good time and the quality of the report should be top-notch, clear and must be communicated in a way the readers could understand.

Speaking at a media parley during a courtesy visit to his office by members of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) recently, the AIB boss noted that such attributes would make AIB-N an enviable place to work.

Listing the issue of training, promotion, equipping their staff and provision of the right tools as first priority, Olateru gave a hint on the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) Bill, stating that since the public hearing in the National Assembly, there had been a lot of consultations taking place till the end of his first term.

“From next week, I will re-engage the consultation with major stakeholders; and the consultation side is about 96 per cent done. And it is just to finish up with it within the next two weeks and pass it to the National Assembly,” he said.

On why AIB handed over its investigation on the recent Air Peace aircraft incident to NCAA, the Commissioner said, “What actually happened was that when I returned, I did a review of the issue and found out that they a did not complete the assessment before taking a decision.

“The attention of the management was called to it to re-evaluate to listen to the CVR and FDR before you take a decision when it is not clear as to what decision to have taken.”

Explaining further, he informed that the revaluation was very necessary because when you talk of serious incident and accident, you need serious clarification to be able to determine, which decision to take.

“It is in that determination, but my team did not have enough information and they determined it to be serious incident, but after listening to the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR), they later found out, that it was an incident, but not a serious incident.”

He argued that the NSIB Bill was an Executive Bill sponsored by the Executive and it was not a private Bill, adding that, the Bill was debated at the Federal Executive Council and it was approved by Mr. President before it was sent to the National Assembly.

Commending the Federal Government on the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Olateru said “I can tell you that we have done well than most of the richest countries, even though we are not the richest, but we have done excellently well.

“So in terms of assessment, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, I think we are still doing very well; we just need to keep up with the standard and making flight enjoyable for passengers.

“Then we also need to make our customers relations better and I think we will get there with that.”