According to a statement from Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Nigeria, Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile (BEA) France and AIB Nigeria, signed an Executive Technical Cooperation Programme (ETCP) on 15th May, 2019. This is geared towards fostering mutual cooperation between Nigeria and France in respect of air accident investigation and capacity building.
France through BEA initiated ETCP in order to assist and support AIB Nigeria through information sharing, capacity building and knowledge transfer.
The ETCP Agreement has to do with
- Cooperation in the conduct of aircraft accident and incident investigation, investigation training and sharing of information and expertise, consistent with Annex 13;
- Assisting each other in the use of air safety investigation, manpower, facilities, recorders, management organization, Aviation Security and Safety;
- Exchange of specialist and any other request incidental to fostering the cooperation at the time of the request to the other party as deemed appropriate and as resources may permit; While ensuring confidentiality, both parties will share information and Air Safety investigator; assign responsibilities;
- Exchange visits or regular meetings with the aim of exchange of exchanging experience and technical knowledge and Discussion on any problem that may arise regarding activities in the field of aviation safety in terms of SARPs.
The Commissioner/CEO of AIB Nigeria, Engr. Akin Olateru noted that the signed ETCP will strengthen Nigeria’s relationship with France and to benefit from its wealth of experience, technical know-how and expertise in the aviation industry for the common good of Nigeria and other African countries that may wish to draw assistance from AIB Nigeria.
The Director of BAE, Remi Jouty, impressed by the quality of work by AIB Nigeria, commended her performance in the last two (2) years and the Commissioner/CEO, Akin Olateru for establishing a solid structure that will survive his administration. He also commended AIB’s role in carrying out air accident investigation for the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe in 2018 including several others in Nigeria.
As noted by Engr. Akin, AIB Nigeria is building a world class institution and brand and as a result positioned it as a force to be reckoned with in Africa in the area of accident investigation and capacity building adding that Nigeria had the needed resources to assist other African countries. Consequently, the aviation accident investigation counterpart agencies of countries including , South Africa, two other African countries and Saudi Arabia has expressed intentions of signing MoU with AIB Nigeria.