AIB Boss, Olateru Harps On Gains Of SMS In Aviation Industry
…As Participants Urge Airline To Harness Opportunities Offered By AfDB, Other Financial Bodies To Forestall Early Collapse
The Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of AIB has pointed out that the objective of Safety Management System(SMS) in the aviation industry was to prevent human injury or loss of life and to avoid damage to the environment and property.
He said this during his opening remarks at the one day symposium; Nigerian Aviation Workshop Symposium (NAWS) 2020 with the theme, “A Safety Management System Approach to Responses to Aviation Accidents and Incidents within Nigerian Airspace,” organised by Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) in Abuja yesterday..
Olateru declared that safety in the aviation industry could not be over-emphasised, noting that AIB’s mandate was to investigate aircraft accidents, serious incidents that occur within the Nigerian airspace or anywhere else the country’s interest was affected.
He noted investigating accidents to forestall future occurrence was very important in promoting safety, adding that having systems in place to mitigate risks and promote safety was equally vital.
According to him, “The primary aim of NAWS 2020 today is to provide the Nigerian aviation industry workforce and stakeholders with a systematic approach compliant with the aviation regulations and laws of the state of Nigeria while responding to aviation accidents and incidents as well as disaster recovery.”
He explained that the bureau had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigeria Air Force (NAF), University of Ilorin and University of Lagos, among others for the promotion of safety.
Meanwhile, airline operators and business organizations in the Nigerian aviation industry have been advised to harness the opportunities offered by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other financial institutions on the continent to prevent collapse.
Besides, they were also advised to align their business plans with Safety Management System (SMS) to prevent premature death of their businesses.
These were part of the communiqué issued at the just concluded NAWS 2020.
Participants at the one day symposium pointed out that lack of SMS in most aviation organisations, especially the airlines led to their early death, stressing that adoption of SMS would aid survival in case such an organization experiences crisis.
Participants also canvassed for creation of an aviation information portal, which would help in tracking and ensuring accountability of airport personnel and their locations.
According to them, regular training for the emergency personnel in various organizations and consistent public awareness in partnership with local governments and communities would also go a long way in ensuring sustenance of safety in the system.
Participants further charged airline operators, service providers and others to encourage a culture of voluntary or confidential reporting systems in their organizations to boost confidence in the sector.
“They should model their organisations after a generative type having a ‘just’ culture, which promotes self-reporting by personnel. They should avoid being a pathological organisation, which would invariably discourage reporting.
“Every agency has a role to play in aviation emergencies. Each role must be delineated to avoid duplication and undue overlap. The need for training, therefore, cannot be over emphasised. As such, each agency should assess courses and detail its personnel to undertake such courses. Ultimately, this would also promote harmonious working relationships between agencies,” participants said.
Besides, stakeholders in the sector have canvassed for crowd control at accident sites, saying that this posed a serious threat to rescue and gathering of data for accident investigation by investigating bodies.