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(L-R): AIB Legal Adviser, Mrs. Maureen Tsenongo, Director of Operation, Captain Dauroka, Commissioner/CEO, Accident Investigation Bureau {AIB}, Engr. Akin Olateru, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Ilorin, Engr. Prof. Yinusa A. Jimoh, Dr. Jamiu Kolawole Odusote, H.O.D, Department of Material and Metallurgical Engineering and Mrs. Farida Sheriff during the signing of MOU on the Bureau’s Metallurgical Laboratory at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja

The University of Ilorin has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) for the usage of the recently-commissioned $5.8 million Safety Laboratory equipment belonging to the aviation agency in Abuja.

Speaking at the MoU signing which took place, Wednesday, at the AIB’s headquarters inside the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos complex, Commissioner of AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru said the partnership would be beneficial to the agency and the university.

He maintained that the usage of the facility would lead to human capital development in the country while the laboratory would also give students more opportunity to practice whatever they had been taught in the classrooms by their lecturers.

“This is a very important occasion for us and I believe University of Ilorin too should be proud of this occasion. I have about 30 years’ experience in aviation and this is the first that I know of that an aviation agency is signing an MOU with any higher institution in this country for the benefit of Nigerians.

“Let’s look at it very well, Federal Government owns AIB and University of Ilorin is equally owned by the federal government. Why can’t we collaborate? I challenge every other agency to see how we can all collaborate. No more a stand-alone business. We should find a way how we can benefit on one and other. You don’t need to have all the resources, competence or the technical expertise by yourself, it is all about collaboration.

“We need to develop the manpower to be able to run the laboratory effectively and that is why I think this MoU is a grand breaking event and I will like to see more of it not just in aviation, but in the country at large. This is something we are giving our 100 per cent and Nigerians would benefit from it.”

He also explained that AIB hoped to lure more academic institutions to make use of the facility, stressing that it would also form part of its Internally Generated Revenues (IGRs).

Remarking, leader of the delegation and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Engr. Prof. Yinusa A. Jimoh, noted that it was the first time the institution would sign an MoU with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the country and expressed hope that it would be mutually benefited to parties involved.

“Nigeria has a lot to gain through this partnership because Nigerians go to every part of the world for research purposes. We still send materials to overseas when we are doing some research work. Our facilities still require improvement and this is a good facility for us and we are taking good opportunity of this.

It would be recalled that at the commissioning of the facility, last week, in Abuja, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) stated that Nigeria and six other countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will utilize the $5.8 million Safety Laboratory equipment belonging to the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) in Abuja.

The ICAO’s Commissioner for Banjul Accord Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA), Mr Caj Frostel, also listed the BAGAIA member states that would make use of the facility to include: The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone.

Frostel who said the revitalised equipment would help boost safety not only in the sub-region, but Africa in general, noted that apart from those countries, other countries on the continent could also make use of the facility, which he described as“ a world class equipment”.

“Much of what we did during the week was that we needed to establish that the equipment works. We have a BAGAIA interest that the AIB facility in Abuja becomes the centre of excellence in reading out flight recorders for all the seven countries.

“With BAGAIA, we have the ambition to cover the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as countries in Central and Southern Africa. There is no other flight-recorder-read-out facility elsewhere in the sub-region as you have in Abuja.

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