AIB trains staff on use of drones, hand-held investigative devices

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The commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Nigeria, Mr. Akin Olateru has said that the agency had concluded plans to train its staff to master the use of newly acquired equipment including drones and other hand-held investigative to make the bureau’s task of gathering and analysing data from crash sites less cumbersome.

Akin Olateru stated yesterday in Abuja during the visit of the senate committee on ICT and Cybercrime to the agency.

The visit was aimed at ascertaining AIB’s level of ICT infrastructure and cyber security architecture.

“The bureau has acquired some drones and our staff are schedule to undergo the training to enable us get aerial shots of crash sites and proper analysis,” said Olateru.

He also said the hand-held investigation equipment would help the investigators to carry out on-the-spot analysis of evidences at the crash site as well as download the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder through the handheld device.

On investigation reports set to be released, Olateru said the bureau now has the capacity to carry out and release air accident report in 18 months from the date of the accident.

“We will be releasing an additional four reports tomorrow (today), which will bring the total number of final reports released to 31 and 106 safety recommendations during this current administration.”

He said the releases will make a total of 49 final reports and 187 safety recommendations since the inception of AIB.

He also told the senators that AIB now releases air accident reports in record time saying the feat was achieved due to the capability the agency has attained in the last four years in terms of equipment and human capital.

Olateru said since he assumed office in 2017, AIB has released 26 final accident reports and issued 97 safety recommendations to the public, representing 64 percent of releases since the inception of AIB.

He also said the bureau has partnerships with United Kingdom Air Accident investigation Bureau (AAIB UK), Singapore Transportation, Safety Investigative Board (TSIB), Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB Canada) and the University of Ilorin among others.

He therefore appealed to the senate for improved funding and also ensure the quick passage of its Amendment Act to enhance its operations

Responding, the chairman, senate committee on ICT and Cybercrime Mr. Yakubu Oseni who led the committee noted that fresh experiences arising from the coronavirus disease have exposed rampaging threats to the digital ecosystem and further exposed the need for accelerated development in ICT.

He also said Nigeria is not only concerned about cyber-security threat, but also weak systems hence the need for the oversight.

The committee which inspected facilities at the bureau’s modern accident analysing facilities expressed satisfaction with its achievements over the years.

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