Lagos — The commissioner and chief executive of Accident Investigation Bureau, Engineer Sam Oduselu has advocated for an autonomous accident investigation agency to eliminate bureaucratic bottlenecks to make decision making smooth and swift in the event of any eventuality.
He said the recommendation by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) that contracting states should separate their accident investigation bodies from the regulatory and supervising authorities is in order and should be complied with.
He said this recently in Gaborone, Botswana at a separate regional Accident/Incident Investigation Workshop organised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), in conjunction with the Accident Investigation Section at ICAO headquarters and the Safe Skies for Africa.
He urged African countries to ensure the independence of their aircraft accident investigation and maximise the benefits of such autonomy in order to raise the bar of safety in the region.
"The ICAO recommendation to states to free their accident investigation bodies from other agencies is very much in the right direction. I will enjoin all African states to comply with this," he said.