Why Accident Investigation Regulation 2019 Is Being Amended, By NSIB DG
The Director General of Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Engr. Akin Olateru says “the amendments we are trying to implement will help ensure that the Bureau’s Regulations is consistent with the Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) set forth in the ICAO Annex 13, which addresses aircraft accident investigation, the evolution of new technologies, and the changes in the industry.”
In his speech to declare open the stakeholders’ consultation on the proposed amendment of the Bureau’s Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations, 2019 held in Abuja, Olateru said the changes being proposed include “the provision of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) establishment Act 2022, which allowed for the transition of the Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N) to the NSIB, a multi-modal safety investigation agency.
In view of this, we have made some new inclusions to the previously circulated version of the Bureau’s draft regulation.”
He said some of the new inclusions in the draft amended regulation include the provision of Family Assistance to accident victims and their families, Safety Data Collection and Processing System (SDCPS), Competent Authority, Mandatory Reporting System and Voluntary Reporting System.
He recalled that a Notice dated 26 October 2021 was circulated by the Bureau inviting Aviation Stakeholders to make their respective comments and contributions on the Bureau’s draft Regulation. This was done in accordance with Regulation 44 of the Bureau’s Civil Aviation, 2019.
“Under the umbrella of the new NSIB, we would continue to work tirelessly to ensure the continuous safety of air transport in Nigeria and replicate this safety standard in other modes of transportation, thereby, ensuring overall transportation safety in the country.
So, I, hereby, implore you the stakeholders, especially the airlines who are the biggest beneficiaries of safety to see this forum as an opportunity to make valuable contributions by making useful input to the amendment of the Bureau’s Civil Aviation Regulation 2019,” he said.