Commissioner for Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation(BAGAIA)Engr. Charles Irikefe Erhueh has restated the need to enlist other African countries into the fold and create larger capacity not just for the region but the entire continent.
He stated this when he engaged the Minister of Tourism and Transport in Cabo Verde, Dr. Carlos Duarte Santos on the importance of the regional investigative agency and the need to be fully involved and attract other nations to be part of the laudable agency.
The meeting which was held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Tourism and Transport focused majorly mainly on capacity building and training to enhance the expertise at the agency; it also focused in part on financing BAGAIA.
Erhueh, who thanked the Minister and his cabinet members for hosting the meeting during at a time the world is trying to wriggle its way from the clutches of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighted to Santos and his team, the important role BAGAIA could and should play in the region.
According to him, the importance of BAGAIA cannot be overemphasized and its functions with emphasis on strengthening and collaboration between member states in respect to investigation of accidents and serious incidents, remain beneficial to the Cape Verde and other countries.
The BAGAIA Commissioner also reiterated the need to enlist other African countries into the fold and create larger capacity not just for the region but the entire continent.
On capacity building in relation to On-the-job training, the BAGAIA Commissioner told the Minister that to enhance those key proponents of accident investigation there is need to send their investigators for such trainings.
He said that there is presently an ongoing investigation into a helicopter accident in Nigeria which according to him members of BAGAIA can be drafted in observer capacity to be part of the investigation team which will enhance their capacity in accident Investigation.
He also talked about the possibility of enlisting training with the availability of funds or sponsor that BAGAIA has marshaled out but due to COVID-19 some of these have been put on hold.
On his part, Minister Tourism and Transport agreed to synergize with the Institute for the Prevention and Investigation of Aeronautical and Marine Accidents (IPIAAM) and Civil Aviation Authority(CAA) with BAGAIA to move the aviation industry forward in Cabo Verde.
The minister also expressed commitment to clearing up outstanding subscription to the Commission.
Santos agreed with the BAGAIA Commissioner on on-the-job training stating that it would further enhance the investigator’s capacity in the event of accidents or incidents.
Speaking further, Santos wanted to know how BAGAIA has been able to achieve their plans during this period.
Doing justice to that question the BAGAIA Commissioner said this was bridged by virtual meetings and setting up various technical committees which actually yielded good results so far.