NSIB DG Visits BAGAIA Headquarters, IPIAAM In Praia, Cabo Verde

NSIB DG Visits BAGAIA Headquarters, IPIAAM In Praia, Cabo Verde

The Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Capt. Alex Badeh (Jr) has alongside his special adviser, Capt. Bunmi Gindeh visited the Banjul Accord Group Accident Agency (BAGAIA) facility at Praia, Cabo Verde.

In attendance for the meeting session were the BAGAIA Commissioner, Engr. Charles Irikefe Erhueh, BAGAIA Technical Support/Training Director Engr. Ameh Samuel and the BAGAIA Account/Administrative Assistant Ms. Susana Benhaga.

The session by the BAGAIA Commissioner Engr. Charles Irikefe Erhueh welcomed the NSIB team to the BAGAIA Headquarters saying that the visit will foster the relationship between BAGAIA and NSIB.

He said: “We will present our activities to you to have an in-depth knowledge of the Banjul Accord Accident Investigation and its activities. The Presentation will include the background of BAGAIA, its founding countries and Agreement, activities of BAGAIA, pending subscriptions and the way forward, OJT request from member states, discussion on RAIO expansion, and relationship/challenges of BAGAIA and member states among other things. He added that we would look at issues that would be beneficial to both NSIB and BAGAIA. He closed to say I want you to enjoy the town of Praia.”

The DG NSIB in his response, said he was happy to be at BAGAIA HQ. The BAGAIA team and NSIB extended the courtesy visit to the facility of the Instituto De Prevencao E Investigation De Accidentes Aeronautics E Maritmos (IPIAAM).

The acting President of IPIAAM Mr. Jorge Manuel Rodrigues welcomed the team and said it was nice to see Badeh (Jr)’s predecessor, Engr. Akin Olateru made a considerable impact on having a good relationship with IPIAAM, which “we believe this visit will make more robust to improve the safety of commercial aviation in our countries, the ECOWAS region and the continent in general.”

He reiterated that both IPIAAM and NSIB were newcomers in the Multi-Modal Accident Investigation hence by combining synergies was necessary.

According to Mr Jorge, he is happy to be part of the team navigating the course of safety and he is fully committed to implementing safety regulations and continually improving the classification of our countries by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He concluded by saying: “ We must see the future where the skies of Cape Verde and Nigeria are safe skies complementing the safety of the skies, seas, highways and railways of our African continent, with the maximum guarantee of safety with the basis of transparency and responsibility.”

Badeh in his response said he was happy with the beautiful city of Praia and the facility of IPIAAM. “We, the NSIB and IPIAAM are the new kids on the block with the Multimodal accident investigation. Though IPIAAM is ahead in the game, we believe there is a lot to learn from them.” Safe Skies he said is the key thing and with necessary cooperation and collaboration, both IPIAAM and NSIB would work towards the safest desired skies.


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Albinus Chiedu

Albinus Chiedu is a journalist, aviation media consultant, events management professional, and author. He has practiced journalism since 2000.

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