NAIB Concludes Fact-Finding Mission to SL-AAIIB

17th June 2021

SLCAA Office, Freetown

The Nigeria Accident Investigation Bureau (NAIB) has concluded a two-day fact-finding mission to the Sierra Leone Aircraft Accident Incident Investigation Bureau (SL-AAIIB).

The objective of the mission was to provide technical support for the setting up of the Sierra Leone Aircraft Accident Incident Investigation Bureau (SL-AAIIB).

Updating SLCAA on the mission, Adeniji Oni Esq, Head of the Nigerian Delegation, expressed thanks for the hospitality received since they arrived in Sierra Leone, noting that the objective of the fact-finding mission has been achieved, judging from the different documentation and information they received from the SL-AAIIB team.

“As a team, we were able to look at the Establishment of SL-AAIIB, Development of Legislation, Regulations, Manuals and Guidance Materials. We also looked at the development of training policies and programmes for investigators (Initial, Simulators and Specialized); and how the SL-AAIIB should prepare for ICAO Audits and the implementation of Corrective Action Plan, following any gap identified,” he said.

In his statement, the SLCAA’s Safety Manager/National Continuous Monitoring Coordinator (NCMC), Arnold Bangura, revealed that Accident Investigation issues are central to his scope as Safety Manager, hence his participation in the just-concluded exercise. He also expressed that he was grateful for such an opportunity, and promised they would do their best to ensure SL-AAIIB implement the recommendations emanated from the fact-finding mission.

Speaking on behalf of the SLCAA Director-General, the Director of Corporate Services, Alex Pratt, stated that: “Let me, on behalf of the Director-General, thank you very much for the work done in this brief period. The SLCAA welcomes the recommendations made so far, and promise they would be carefully followed and implemented,” he said.

Director Pratt assured that the SLCAA will continue to give the necessary support, calling on the NAIB to also keep the SL-AAIIB at heart. “It is only with these supports the SL-AAIIB would be able to implement all the recommendations emanating from this fact-finding mission”.

In his closing courtesy, SL-AAIIB Commissioner, Olubunmi Wellington, expressed his profound thanks to HE Dr Julius Maada Bio, for his approval on the setting up of the SL-AAIIB.

Commissioner Wellington further extended gratitude to the Nigeria Delegation for the technical support rendered in the establishment of the SL-AAIIB. “We promise to make good use of this opportunity and we will call on you at any time to play the Big-Brother-role you have already started”.

“Lastly, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and thanks to the SLCAA for their timely intervention in providing resources and facilities for the setting up of SL-AAIIB,” he stated.

He ended by recognizing the many sacrifices made by SLCAA in providing the needed support from its inception to its present stage.