The Senate has passed the bill for the Act to provide for the establishment of Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), a multimodal accident investigation agency. This is coming a month after the House of Representatives passed the same bill.

This bill, when assented to by the President, will see to the transformation of Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) into a multi modal safety Investigation agency adding Rail and Maritime to Aircraft Accident Investigation.

Informing the staff of AIB-N in Abuja, the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru said, “It is with great pleasure that I send you all hearty congratulations and announce that our new bill before the National Assembly has been passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives. We give all the glory to Almighty God. This is a bright new beginning for AIB.

He noted that the establishment of the NSIB will put Nigeria at the top in Africa with respect to the transportation accident investigation with the country becoming the first to have such agency in the continent.

Engr. Olateru appreciated the Minister of Aviation, Senator Sirika for his support and the entire team at AIB for their patience, hard work, perseverance and dedication to the cause.

Enlarging the operations of AIB into a multimodal agency was one of the cardinal programmes of Engr. Akin Olateru when he assumed office as the fourth Commissioner/CEO of AIB in 2017. With the strong backing and diligent pursuit of the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika, the initiative got Federal Executive Council approval and passed through the Ministry of Justice before landing at the National Assembly.

“The National Assembly conducted open hearings where all stakeholders made their inputs. Olateru stated that the establishment of the NSIB is a good development and will be of great benefits to all Nigerians as it would provide adequate legal and institutional framework for the regulation and administration of safety transportation occurrences in Nigeria.

“The NSIB would reinforce safety in all modes of transportation in Nigeria through distinctive, efficient and effective investigations of accidents and serious incidents involving any of the mode of transportation within Nigeria or anywhere else Nigeria’s interest is affected,” he said.

He added: “The NSIB will determine the probable causes of accidents and serious incident occurrences in transportation and publish safety recommendations to operators, regulators and others, which would help prevent the recurring of similar occurrences, therefore, improving safety of transportation in Nigeria”.

AIB-N through its rigorous investigations, reports and safety recommendations has greatly improved the safety of air travel in the country, with the industry recording only one fatal occurrence since 2015.

Besides transforming AIB-N into a formidable and respected agency globally, this is one of the indelible marks Olateru will be leaving behind as the chief executive of the agency he took from relative obscurity to a key player in the global aviation industry.

Reacting to the news of the passage of the bill, the Commissioner of Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA), Engr. Charles Erhue said “This is a great feat to the AIB family and to the Banjul Accord Group (BAG) region. I wish to congratulate the Hon. Commissioner and entire AIB Management team with the support of every staff who has committed time and resources in one way or the other to make this a huge success.”