The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau has announced that the country’s civil aviation sector is scheduled to undergo a comprehensive safety audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation by the end of August 2023, the PUNCH learnt.

The Director-General, NSIB, stated this at the closing ceremony of the Peer Review exercise of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency in Abuja on Friday.

According to the NSIB boss, the upcoming ICAO audit held great significance, as it would provide valuable insights into the safety status of Nigeria’s aviation sector.

He added that the audit’s findings would help to identify areas that required further improvement, and enable the implementation of effective measures to promote safer skies.

Speaking further, Olateru noted that Nigeria had one of the best safety records.

He said, “Nigeria will have its audit at the end of this month and our scorecard will be opened. All I can say is that Nigeria as a country has one of the best safety records because safety is measured in various ways.

“It is measured by the number of accidents, measured by number of fatal accidents, measured by the number of serious incidences and occurrences. The fewer occurrences you have, the better you are.

“There are some airlines in the world that have never recorded fatal crash and they have been around for over 100 years, so that is an indicator of safety.”

He added “The safety record of a country can only be known through ICAO audit. It is the only way you can assess any country and we are doing our own audit in August. The report should be out by then and then the public will see our performance in terms of safety.”

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