The new Commissioner of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Akin Olateru, says his vision is to make the agency the biggest in Nigeria’s aviation industry.
Olateru spoke on Thursday at the handing-over ceremony at the AIB’s headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Olateru was appointed on Monday by the Federal Government to replace Felix Abali as the commissioner of the bureau.
The new commissioner sued for the support and cooperation of the management and the entire staff towards actualising his vision for the agency.
He commended Abali for lifting the parastatal from where he met it and keeping it together over the years despite the challenges.
Olateru also promised to make training a priority for all staff, stressing that through this, their technical know-how would improve.
He said: “I thank you for keeping this place together despite the challenges. I have heard a lot about AIB.
“I know it is the smallest in the ministry, but, before the end of my tenure, I will ensure that the agency becomes the biggest of all. That’s my mission.
“However, for that to happen, I will require the maximum cooperation of all staff. I can’t do it alone, but we are here to make it happen.
“It is for the benefit of all staff of AIB if we can make this organisation to work. It’s not about size sometimes, but about efficiency and effectiveness.
“This is a new dawn and I am begging everyone to give this new administration a chance. Whatever has happened in the past let it be in the past.
“Aviation is highly technical, very expensive and the most regulated in the world. At the end of the day, we are all going to be happy because everyone will go on training and more opportunities would be given to people.”
Earlier, Abali commended the entire staff for their support during his tenure as the commissioner of the agency and urged them to do the same for the new administration.