The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigeria and Saudi Arabia are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to train accident investigators.
The AIB Commissioner, Mr. Akin Olateru, who confirmed this on Sunday at a news conference in Lagos, said the MoU would be signed in September.
While stating that the bureau had already received the backing of the Ministry of Justice regarding signing the MoU, Olateru explained that the partnership with Saudi Arabia was essential because the Middle Eastern nation has experience in the area of investigative report.
He stated that the training will cover areas that exceed Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) in accident investigation.
“AIB Nigeria has gained credibility since 2017 in accident investigation which has attracted many countries of the world to seek its assistance in the area of power training, setting up their own bureau among others.
“Currently, we have signed an MoU with France, Republic of Benin, Sao Tome and Principe and in the next one month, we will be signing with Saudi Arabia, these are great nations.
“It is not everything you will see on the Cockpit Voice Recorder and Flight Data Recorder.
“So, the training will make our accident investigation much better because each country has its own benefit.
“These are great nations but to me you must have something sellable, you must have something they admire in you before they want to sign an MoU with you,” he said.
Olateru revealed that bar the ongoing Hajj exercise, the MoU would already have been signed.