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FG plans digitalisation of AIB

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FG Plans Digitalisation Of Accident Investigation Reporting (AIB)

Olateru, at a “Two-day In­dustry Engagement On the Review Of Accident Reports” (AIB) in Abuja, said when this is done, Nigeria would be the first in the world to introduce such reporting format, and would have succeeded in sim­plifying, in form of graphics and animation the accident investigation reporting sys­tem in the aviation industry globally.

According to the Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB) boss, the new system would be a bet­ter and easier to read format than the often bulky pages of accident investigation report­ing, which run into hundreds of pages when released.

He disclosed that already, the project is going through the procurement stage and would come on stage before the end of the year.

“The point is the world standard, which has a for­mat of writing a final report, which is you write phases, hundreds of pages, you pres­ent it to the world, you put it up on the website. What we are trying to do is to challenge the status quo to actually find a better way of getting those to the public. Today, look at it this way, how many people actually read, so you have this report, 300 page document of what happened, safety recom­mendation etc. At the end of the day, people don’t read. So what we are trying to do is to digitalise in a graphic way, in a better way to see how we can report this same report in a digital form. And that is simply what we are doing. And we are going to be doing it very soon.

“It makes it very simple for the airline and anybody of in­terest to read, go to a particu­lar section rather than flipping through pages and pages of re­ports. If it is on human factor, you will just click on the ani­mation, and the graphic and it tells you everything about the human factor of the report. If it is about the engine, you just click on that point and it tells you everything about the en­gine in the report.

“It is about simplifying the way we communicate to the world in terms of our byproduct. And that has been discussed at the highest level of the International Civil Avi­ation Organisation (ICAO). And it has been accepted and by the time we are done, Nige­ria will be the first country in the world that will come out with this format. That is what I mean by Nigeria will lead the world very soon in terms of an accident investigation report­ing system.

“When you look at it in a critical way, for any institu­tion to progress and remain relevant, you need to invest in research and development. You need to have a feedback system, reevaluate how you do things, check your processes, systems and procedures and come up with a better way of doing things, or a simplified way of doing things to en­hance productivity and that is what we are doing in AIB.

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