…promises effective delivery on mandate
The Commissioner/CEO, Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N), Engr. Akin Olateru, has said that the issue of staff welfare would be his number one priority in his second tenure of office.
He said the second priority is to ensure it continues to deliver on its mandate of investigating serious incident and accident in the Aviation Industry, stressing that the it is best to release reports in top-quality, good time and clarity of communication.
Olateru said issues of training, promotion and equipping staff with the right tools and things that will make them happy would be prioritised.
“For instance, going to the accident site, the right operational vehicle and the whole things that will give them satisfaction.
“Number two priority is to ensure that we continue to deliver our mandate and it is clear that we investigate serious incident and accident and it has to be done to the highest professional level.
“The best that can be done is to release a report in good time and the quality of the report should be topnotch and the fact that should be clear and it must be communicated in a way the reader can understand.
“All these will make AIB an enviable place to work,” he explained.
On his assessment of the Nigerian Aviation Industry under COVID-19 pandemic, AIB-N Commissioner noted that Aviation is not a Nigerian thing, but global and governed by international treaties and agreement, and COVID-19 is not a Nigeria thing but a global issue.
According to him, the Nigerian government has really done well from the way they had managed the pandemic so far considering the rate of infection and the deaths recorded.
He said: “I can tell you that we have done well than most of the richest countries, even though we are not the richest, but we have done excellently well.
“The flight from Houston to London, they combine three days flight, they are still not up to 50 per cent. Yet coming to Nigeria, the flight is always full.
“Besides, aviation in Nigeria is slightly different from other parts of the world. We beat all this world analysis because we have peculiarities different.
“Look at our domestic and international operations, while most flights around the world are going half, ours is full.
“If you want to fly to Abuja and you don’t book three or four days ahead, you are not going anywhere. Meanwhile the passenger load is still there.
“So in terms of assessment, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, I think we are still doing very well.”
He however, advised that the airlines just need to keep up with the standard and making flight enjoyable for passengers.
“Then we also need to make our customers relations better and I think we will get there with that,” he added.