The Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria ( AIB-N) can now investigate marine, rail and road incidents with a change in its name occasioned by the signing of its new Act by President Muhammad Buhari during the week.
AIB-N’s core area of investigation was aviation before changing to the National Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB).
The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) Bill is meant to enhance investigations into the causal effects of accidents of various modes of transportation including rail and maritime in a bid to provide recommendations the nation can learn from.
Speaking on the development, Engineer Akin Olateru, Commissioner of AIB-N, said “Multimodal is widely accepted as the future of Transport Accident Investigation and the transition has always been made from the extant air accident investigating agency.
“It has become expedient that the provision of Section 29 of the Civil Aviation Act (CAA)be reviewed to establish the Nigeria Safety Investigation Bureau ( NSIB) in a separate act to bring it up to speed with contemporary global best practices, to create a multimodal bureau of investigation for air, rail and maritime accidents.
“The purpose of the NSIB is to enable the is not intended for apportioning blame, but to provide technically accurate, appropriate and timely information which can be used to implement measures to prevent re occurrences and potentially mitigate the damages caused by such accidents.”
Olateru had in 2020 in a presentation to the Senate Committee on Aviation at a public hearing said the world over, multimodal has become the future of transportation accident investigation.
According to him, like air accidents, other models will be thoroughly investigated without the intention of apportioning bla