‘5% ap­proval to ac­ci­dent bureau in best in­ter­est of avi­a­tion sec­tor’

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

As con­tro­versy over the five per cent ap­proval to the Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau from the Pas­sen­ger Ser­vice Charge (PSC) col­lected by the Fed­eral Air­ports Author­ity of Nigeria (FAAN) deep­ens, the Min­is­ter of state for Avi­a­tion, Se­na­tor Hadi Sirika said that the ap­proval is in the best in­ter­est of the sec­tor.

A spokesper­son to the min­is­ter, Mr James Odaudu told Daily Trust in a tele­phone in­ter­view that the Min­is­ter has the best in­ter­est of the sec­tor at heart in grant­ing the ap­proval.

There have been dis­cor­dant tunes over the ap­proval which does not go down well with some stake­hold­ers es­pe­cially in FAAN.

The ap­proval fol­lowed a pro­posal made to the min­is­ter by the Com­mis­sioner of AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru cit­ing paucity of funds in car­ry­ing out the agency’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mean­while, the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Air­craft Pi­lots and En­gi­neers (NAAPE) said it is in full sup­port of the planned al­lo­ca­tion of 5 per cent to AIB.

Pres­i­dent of NAAPE, Com­rade Abed­nego Gal­adima noted that the task of mod­ern in­ves­ti­ga­tion is a costly one that can­not be han­dled with the lim­ited re­sources of the AIB.

He said, “The task of mod­ern in­ves­ti­ga­tion is very ex­ert­ing, re­quir­ing high-tech equip­ment and high-cal­i­bre per­son­nel. This is in­her­ently a costly ven­ture which can­not be han­dled ad­e­quately in an at­mos­phere of lim­ited fund­ing.

“Most peo­ple who have com­mented on the mat­ter did not coun­te­nance the fact that ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion can­not be ef­fec­tively budgeted for, as it is im­pos­si­ble to en­vis­age the num­ber of ac­ci­dents that would oc­cur in a given pe­riod. Yet when those ac­ci­dents oc­cur, budgeted for or not; their in­ves­ti­ga­tion can­not be put for­ward there­fore AIB must have a reser­voir of funds to pros­e­cute its man­date.”

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