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Nigeria, others to benefit from BAGAIA safety regulations

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Nigeria has been identified among the countries to benefit from the safety regulations adopted by the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency.

The BAGAIA, consisting of The Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea, Cape Verde, Liberia and Sierra Leone, is an independent accident and incident investigation agency in West Africa.

The agency recently adopted the BAGAIA safety regulations 2021 designed to help member states in the region comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization Anne 13, which is focused on accident investigation.

The Commissioner for BAGAIA, Mr Charles Erhueh, who spoke with our correspondent on Tuesday, said the member states, including Nigeria, would benefit from the regulations.

He said, “The regulations will better every member state including Nigeria. It serves as a benchmark in ensuring their processes are in line with international best practices in terms of accident and incident investigations.

According to him, the regulations do not shield member states from being responsible to their countries when identified as a state of occurrence.

“Delegation of investigation does not absolve you of your responsibility as a state of occurrence if any investigation is delegated to the BAGAIA,” he added.

Erhueh, during his recent visit to the Gambia, noted that one of the focal points of the BAGAIA would be the integration of non-member states into the fold to strengthen effective regional accident investigation.

“In order to bring this into perspective, there is a need to use another approach to ensure that members see the values of BAGAIA, hence, the visit to members in creating such values to ensure the existence of an independent body as demanded by the International Civil Aviation Organisation,” he added.

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