On assumption of office as the CEO in 2017, expanding the operations of AIB-N into a multimodal agency was one of the cardinal programmes of Engr Akin Olateru.
On that note, that Engr Olateru initiated the idea through the Federal Executive Council (FEC), a bill proposal for AIB to multimodal investigations incidents and accidents in 2018, shortly the bill to that effect was presented at the National Assembly for approval in the same year.
After lawmaking process on the bill by national assembly and assent by mr president of the federal republic of Nigeria has signal repealed the AIB-N Act 2006 with the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) Act 2022 to gives room for multimodal investigations across the country.
Also, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has gazetted the new Act, further expanded the scope of work of the Bureau.
With all this actions, the office tittle of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the defunct AIB-N has changed from Commissioner to Director-General, NSIB.
The NSIB Act 2022 has highlights the NSIB’s responsible for the investigation of air, marine, rail and other modes of transportation involving or involved serious incidents and accidents in Nigeria and anywhere the country’s interest is affected.
Going forward, these feats would now be replicated in other modes of transportation in the country.
For above achievement, a former Managing Director of the United States’ National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB), Dennis Jones has commended Engr. Akin Olateru for the development and growth he brought to Accident Investigation of Nigeria (AIB-N) since he assumed the position of Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer.
In his letter sent to the AIB-N Chief, Jones said that he had been following activities in the bureau as far back as 2002 when it was a department in the Ministry of Aviation as Accident Investigation Prevention Bureau (AIPB), but the recent achievements under Olateru has been extraordinary.
Jones reiterated that he has been following activities at the bureau since 2002 as a department, Accident Investigation Prevention Bureau (AIPB), in the Ministry of Aviation in Nigeria, affirmed that the progress made since 2007 when Olateru became the CEO has been tremendous.
According to the former managing Director of the NTSBS, Some of the achievements made during Olateru administration included expansion and modernisation of the AIB, building structures, launch of the training centre, modernisation, compilation of a competent and professional staff and connectivity to cyberspace through a prominent website combined with the admirable use of apps and social media.
Jones added that the foreign assistance by AIB-N, also provided in the acceptance and successful completion of a delegated investigation, stressing that this marked a shining achievement of Olateru.
He said: “As such, I can confidently say that the gains and strides made by AIB-N under your leadership have been extraordinary, if not altogether unprecedented and consequently the organisation has become a world-class and premiere accident investigation organisation worthy of global recognition for its contribution to aviation safety and as an exemplary model of being an enterprising government agency.
“The growth, expansion and modernization of the AIB, including the building structures, launch of the training center, modernization, compilation of a competent and professional staff, connectivity to cyberspace through a prominent website combined with the admirable use of apps and social media along with interacting with the mainstream media have been fabulous.”
Jones further described Olateru as a visionary leader who has used his position to distinguish himself since his appointment as a Commissioner in AIB-N, stressing that he had placed himself in the upper echelon of luminaries in the aviation safety community and beyond.
“You undoubtedly have demonstrated the character, skill-sets, and acumen to achieve greatness, if such has not already occurred, in whatever future endeavours you choose. The Nigeria government and public have been well-served during your stellar tenure at the helm of AIB,” he added.
The Ameh News recall that the defunct AIB-N over seven years with its investigations and timely release of safety recommendations has enhance safety within the aviation sector.