The Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Muhtar Usman, has said that Nigeria has not experienced any major air incident in six years because the air regulator has prioritised adherence to safety regulations.
Usman said this in a chat with Thisday.
According to him, the government swung into action to prevent air mishaps following a string of major air accidents between 2005 and 2006.
Usman stated that after investigations by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) revealed that some of the accidents were weather-related, the government through the NCAA provided wind shear alert system, Doppler weather radar at some airports and equally directed airlines to install wind shear detection facility in the aircraft to alert the pilot.
He stressed that although few accidents still managed to occur afterwards, investigations revealed that they were not weather-related.
Speaking about how the NCAA has managed to ensure a relatively safe airspace in Nigeria, the DG said, “The secret is about being able to implement all the critical elements as contained in the International Civil Aviation Organisation safety oversight organisation structures.
“This also includes educating and carrying the stakeholders along on the importance of maintaining very safe and high standards of safety.
“We all know that the cost of safety as against the cost of accidents are not comparable. We have this slogan in safety, which says, if you think safety is expensive you should try accident.
“So, we ensure adherence to safety regulations and security regulations. As I mentioned earlier, we encourage education, collaboration and good safety record is the result of that effort.
“So, it is all stakeholders, we carry them along and make them understand that everybody has a responsibility to maintain that level of safety. And that is why we call it-shared responsibility.”