The Director General of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Engr. Akin Olateru has disclosed theTicket Sales Charge (TSC), which is one of the multi-modal agency’s sources of revenue has been increased from five to six per cent as its own share of the money collected on behalf of other aviation agencies by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
This is just as the Bureau today released seven accident reports to the public in Abuja .
Olateru made this known at a virtual press conference organised by the Bureau on the release of seven accident reports.
The NSIB boss explained that he Act establishing the Bureau increased the revenue from 3 per cent to six per cent, adding that it will get 5 per cent from PSC collected by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
The Bureau, Olateru further explained will get certain percent of charges from all terminal operators and ticket sales in Nigeria, including the Maritime sector.
Recalled that Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB) transformed from AIB to its current name Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) in line with the new NSIB Act 2022 that President Muhammed Buhari assented to recently and was gazetted by The Supreme Court on November 28, 2022.
IThe new Act empower NSIB to investigate serious incidents and accidents in aviation, maritime, rail, and road industries.
‘According to Olateru, ” A lot of work went into the drafting of the bill before it was accented to. According to the Act, the NSIB gets six percent of TSC and 5 percent of PSC from FAAN, there is a percentage from railway tickets, we will find a way to balance it as the proposals are approved in the Act. You all know we do not charge for investigation and so we are a fully funded Bureau.”
On the possibility of getting a the needed expertise and training of staff with the nowvl that it has transformed into a multi modal agency , the NSIB DG informed that the Bureau plans to recruit more technocrats and that of the 45 investigators, three quarter of them have been trained abroad on Multi-modal accident investigation.
He added that the Bureau has 220 staff at the moment and that for expertise, the agency need expertise in the maritime sector .
On the implementation of safety reports, Olateru said the Bureau has achieved 82 per cent implementation so far and that the agency worked with stakeholders in the implementation of the recommendations.
In his words, “We achieved 82 per cent and that is not different from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) can achieve, we collaborate with stakeholders on the implementat.”
Meanwhile, the Bureau released seven final reports on occurrences to the public which includes the serious incident involving Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited, Embraer 135 Aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BSN which occurred at Port Harcourt military Airport (NAF BASE), Port Harcourt, on March 9, 2020, the serious incident involving ATR-72 Aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N- BPG owned and operated by Overland Airways limited, which occurred at Ilorin International Airport, Nigeria on November 29, 2014; the serious incident involving Boeing 737-300 Aircraft belonging to Air Peace Limited with nationality and registration Marks 5N-BUO which occurred at FL310 enroute Enugu from Lagos on December 14, 2018 and the serious incident involving British Aerospace BAE 125-800B Aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BOO operated by Gyro Aviation limited, which occurred at Port Harcourt, Nigeria on July 16, 2020.
Other reports released today by NSIB are :the serious incident involving British Aerospace BAE 125-800B aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BOO operated by Gyro Aviation limited, which occurred at Osubi airstrip, Warri, Nigeria on September 10,2020, the serious incident involving a Dornier 328-100 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-DOX, operated by Dornier Aviation Nigeria AIEP (DANA) Limited, which occurred at Port Harcourt military Airport on January 23, 2019 and the the serious incident involving Airbus 330-243 aircraft operated by middle East Airlines with nationality and registration marks OD-MEA and a parked Boeing 777 aircraft operated by Turkish Airlines with nationality and registration marks TC-LJC which occurred at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on July 29, 2020.
The addition of the seven reports released today brings the total number of aircraft accident reports released by the Bureau to 82 since inception in 2007 and a total of 63 reports released by the current administration from 2017 till date.