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Ghanaian Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau to understudy Nigeria’s model

The Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation and Prevention Bureau of Ghana is seeking technical and institutional partnership with the Accident Investigation Bureau – Nigeria (AIB-N).

The Commissioner, AAIIPB-Ghana, Mr. Akwesi Prempeh who led a four-man team to Nigeria at the headquarters of AIB-N, for a three-day working visit, said, the essence of the visit was for AAIIPB-Ghana to acquire more knowledge on key policies, regulations, procedures and the structure of AIB-N, stressing that its Flight Safety Laboratory and Command and Control centre were of world-class.

According to him, Nigeria’s AIB was one of the most developed accident investigation bodies in the world and for his bureau to grow and remain on track, it required collaboration with its counterpart in Nigeria.

According to him, the collaboration between the two bodies would go a long way to improve safety in the African airspace, adding that, the experience garnered from the AIB-N would enable it to device a means of financing its bureau, which he said was a new establishment.

He disclosed that plans were underway by the Ghanaian Government to bring some members of its technical staff in the bureau to Nigeria for accident investigation training.

Responding, the AIB Commissioner, Mr. Akin Olateru, commended the AAIIPB-Ghana for the initiative and that the Ghanaian accident investigation body as a new entity would require the experience of an institution like AIB-N, noting that such partnership would further enhance inter-country relations.

The AIB boss said, the three days working visits afforded the AAIIPB-Ghana the opportunity to visit its Air Safety Investigation Laboratory, Command and Control Unit, the Wreckage, Hangar and its Training School, stressing that the team also had a robust interactive engagement with several heads of the units of AIB, especially on the process and procedures for the efficient and effective performance of aircraft accident investigation.

“The AAIIPB-Ghana wants to learn from our mistakes and from the things we’ve done very well. They came to inspect our facilities and what we’ve done so far is to take them round to also inspect our equipment. They’ve met with a lot of our investigators and almost all the heads of units.

“They’ve gone through some of our documentation as well, such as our regulation and others. This is an attestation to the fact that we are doing something right in AIB-Nigeria. This is not the first nation to call on us for assistance. We’ve had such calls from the Republic of Benin, which has ceded all their investigations to AIB-Nigeria.”

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Daniel Adejo