Establish Guidelines For Safety, BAGAIA Tells States
The BANJUL Accord Group Accident Investigation Bureau ( BAGAIA) has emphasized the need for members states to establish guidelines that would aid them in putting values in place that will further boost safety.
Commissioner of BAGAIA, Engr. Charles Irikefe Erhueh who made this assertion at the Aviation Safety Workshop and the Seventh Commission Meeting of Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA), held at Hilton Hotel, Sal Island 11th -15th April 2022, said “the performance of the aeronautical activities are not just a consequence of the individual characteristics of the human element and the group in which it is inserted, but also of the characteristics of the organizational environment in which it is inserted. Therefore, organizations must seek to establish in their guidelines, actions that favor the rooting of behaviors, values, and attitudes in for the sake of safety and security.
He reiterated plans to continue strengthening it’s regional bond and improving safety in the continent by deepening ties with existing and forging new allies.
This year’s meeting theme: ‘Consolidation of Gains’ aligns with the Aviation Safety will go further, according to Engr. Erhueh, to examine how impactful the various safety recommendations in some incidents and accidents has been after infusion into individual and collective systems.
The commissioner said “BAGAIA will continue to be interested in strengthening this alliance we have forged together in the sub-region; while, looking forward to doing more to ensure safer skies bereft of accidents and incidents.”
He acknowledged the group’s drive to integrate new members in the region and beyond and stressed the need for existing members to show commitment financially as only by so doing would BAGAIA grow and fulfill its primary function.
Erhueh said, “…top on this list is our expansion drive within the continent; how we can integrate more states into the BAGAIA family and ensure already existing members show commitment financially as that would go a long way in helping us achieve our purpose and have the capacity for training our investigators to be prepared for when they may be called to assist.
“No one wants or prays for an accident but as the saying goes ‘safety is no accident it is planned’ and ‘preparation’ is the boys’ scout motto and we chose to be prepared and not caught napping.
“Furthermore, the seventh BAGAIA Commission Meeting is an all-important gathering where we all from the Banjul Accord Group region come together to fine-tune strategies on the way forward with regard to investigating accidents while strengthening our cooperation in the sub-region, he stated.
He further thanked the African Union (AU) in partnership with the European Union (EU) under the EU-Aviation Safety for Africa (EU-ASA) project for the sponsorship of the event