FG upholds AIB’s air safety recommendations

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The minister of state for aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has said that the federal government will ensure full implementation of the air safety recommendations released by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

The minister who made the pledge when he received the report of the safety recommendation committee headed by the commissioner of AIB, Mr. Akin Olateru in Abuja said the committee was set up to look into the 130 safety recommendations made since the inception of AIB till date.

The minister said not all the recommendations had been implemented stressing that the purpose of the government was to ensure that the recommendations were fully implemented.

Sirika said safety and security of aviation industry had been the focus of the current administration as contained in the road map he presented to the public at the inception of the administration.

“The fact is that since inception we haven’t had any report of this nature but now that we have it, it behooves on us that we ensure that it be implemented 100 per cent.

“Since we came in, we focused on all of those things that are safety and security critical to the industry.

“In our own belief and understanding and even in our road map, we set out to review all those things that would enhance safety and security of the industry.

“I had maintained overtime that it is how safe and security that you depart point A and land point B that is more important in aviation than all the remaining other aesthetics

.“We all want to attract investment and make our airport more comfortable but you have to arrive to your destination first before you enjoy comfort and you have to be well secured.

“We will continue in this direction to ensure that our industry is safe and secure and once that is achieved the rest is easy, he said.

The minister further said the culture of safety and security consciousness must be created in the aviation industry to meet the global standards, adding that safety is a norm in aviation all over the world.

“Our infrastructure like the terminal building and the rest are the things that we can do overnight and anybody can build an airport anyway but this issues of safety and security are not only out of intellect but are more of culture and tradition. One you create that culture of safety and security consciousness around our airports and around aviation industry, you are going to have a very robust aviation industry”.

“Aviation all over the world is one with the same culture, the same norm, the same practice and you cannot design a Nigerian aviation different from that the United States or that of the Niger.

“So this being the case we cannot be found wanting on matters of safety and security,” said Sirika.

The minister also said government was determined to develop aviation infrastructure through public private partnership (PPP) and implement its roadmap to the later.

In his remarks, Olateru said the agency had since inception in 2007, made 130 safety recommendations, adding while 61 per cent of the recommendations had been implemented, eight per cent partially implemented, 31 per cent was yet to be implemented.

He said AIB’s mandate of AIB “is to investigate serious accidents and incidents with the view to prevent future occurrence” adding that the implementation of the recommendations would help the country to prevent accidents and incidents.

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