Aviation CEOs meet ICAO on how to reposition sector

From right: President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu; Nigeria’s Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Mr Akin Olateru; Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and a Director from the ministry, at an ICAO seminar held in Swaziland, recently.

Chief Executive Officers of the aviation agencies comprising Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) have agreed to leverage on the headship of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) by a Nigerian, Dr Olumuyiwa Aliyu, to reposition the country’s aviation sector.

Nigeria’s representative to the ICAO Council, Captain Nuhu Musa, in a meeting with the Commissioner, AIB, Mr Akin Olateru and his management, said, it was his responsibility to assist Nigeria overcome its challenges.

Musa disclosed that ICAO had concluded plans to train accident investigators and help them to have on the job training at the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to acquaint them with the last innovation in accident investigation and to have practical experience on how to effectively and quickly handle crashes.

He further disclosed that the ICAO President had promised to discuss with the United Kingdom and Australia to re-audit the AIB, adding that the bureau should strive to improve on the 85 per cent it scored in the last audit.

While maintaining that he was very confident that the accident in estivation bureau would score 95 per cent and above because of the commitment of the agency presently, Musa declared “There is going to be management training for all the staff of the agencies including AIB.”