The Nigerian Senate is currently deliberately on a bill that would authorise the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) to investigate road, marine and rail accidents, as well as other major incidents.
Mr. Akin Olateru, the Bureau’s Commissioner, revealed this in Lagos on Sunday.
He explained that the draft bill which is before the upper chamber of the National Assembly had already been approved by the Federal Executive Council.
“We are currently working on the possibility and the approval by the National Assembly of AIB going multi-modal in our operations.
“Going multi-modal means we are not just going to be investigating air accidents alone but we will be investigating rail, marine and road accidents.
“We will be joining other nations around the world who operate the multi-modal system.
“Hopefully, before the end of this year, this bill will be passed and that will make AIB Nigeria one of the top nations that operate multi-modal system,” he stated.
The act, he said, was a way for the bureau to curb future accidents and incidents.
He also noted that staff of the Nigeria Railway and Maritime who would be trained on how to properly investigate accidents once the Senate passes the bill.
Olateru also said the bureau was looking past the recorder system in investigating road accidents.
“This is because we do not want the recurrence and once it is fixed it will prevent needless deaths on our roads.
“People die on our roads but the problem is, nobody investigates it, nobody says this is what we need to do to prevent future occurrence.
“We have heard of many tanker fire incidents several times, have we ever read a single recommendation on how to prevent it.
“So this is the area AIB will come in to prevent needless deaths on our transportation system,” he said.