Former NTSB Boss,Jones Hails Olateru led Mgt Exceptional Achievements At AIB-N 

* DG, Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) Engr. Akin Olateru

The retired Managing Director of the United States’ National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB), Dennis Jones said that the Accident Investigation Bureau – Nigeria (AIB-N) under the watch of the current management led by its Commissioner, Engr.Akin Olateru when he took over in 2017 has been uncommon. 

Jones in a letter sent to Olateru, said that he had been following activities in the bureau as far back as 2002 when the organisation was a department in the Ministry of Aviation as Accident Investigation Prevention Bureau (AIPB), but that the recent achievements under Olateru was extraordinary.

Some of the achievements according to him included expansion and modernisation of the AIB, building structures, launch of the training centre, modernisation, compilation of a competent and professional staff and connectivity to cyberspace through a prominent website combined with the admirable use of apps and social media.

Jones added that the foreign assistance by AIB-N, also provided in the acceptance and successful completion of a delegated investigation, stressing that this marked a shining achievement of Olateru.

“As such, I can confidently say that the gains and strides made by AIB-N under your leadership have been extraordinary, if not altogether unprecedented and consequently the organisation has become a world-class and premiere accident investigation organisation worthy of global recognition for its contribution to aviation safety and as an exemplary model of being an enterprising government agency.

“The growth, expansion and modernization of the AIB, including the building structures, launch of the training center, modernization, compilation of a competent and professional staff, connectivity to cyberspace through a prominent website combined with the admirable use of apps and social media along with interacting with the mainstream media have been fabulous,” Jones said.

Jones further described Olateru as a visionary leader who had used his position to distinguish himself since his appointment as a Commissioner in AIB-N.

He noted that he had placed himself in the upper echelon of luminaries in the aviation safety community and beyond.

According to him, “You undoubtedly have demonstrated the character, skill-sets, and acumen to achieve greatness, if such has not already occurred, in whatever future endeavours you choose. The Nigeria government and public have been well-served during your stellar tenure at the helm of AIB.”

Recall that the Federal Government last week repealed the AIB-N Act 2006 and replaced it with the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) Act 2022.

The new Act that has been gazetted by the Supreme Court has further expanded the scope of work of the bureau.

This latest development further led to the change of the nomenclature of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in AIB-N from Commissioner to Director-General, NSIB.

With the repeal of the Act the NSIB is now responsible for the investigation of air, marine, rail and other modes of transportation serious incidents and accidents in Nigeria and anywhere the country’s interest is affected.

Furthermore, the AIB-N’s investigations and timely release of reports and safety recommendations in the last seven years has further enhanced air safety within the sector.

This timely release of accident and serious incident reports would now be replicated in other modes of transportation in the country as provided for in the new Act.

Expanding the operations of AIB-N into a multi-modal agency was one of the cardinal programmes of Olateru, the Commissioner of the bureau when he assumed office in 2017.The Federal Executive Council (FEC) at one of its meetings had approved the proposal for AIB to investigate multimodal incidents and accidents in 2018 and a bill to that effect was presently at the National Assembly for approval the same year.

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