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Tue, Aug 8, 2023 11:40 AM

Partnership between NSIB and LASEMA to Enhance Safety and Accident Investigation

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Partnership between NSIB and LASEMA to Enhance Safety and Accident Investigation
The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance safety and accident investigation. NSIB will train the over 200 staff of LASEMA in accident management, while LASEMA's technical staff will receive training from the Southern California Safety Institute. The partnership aims to improve accuracy in accident investigations and prevent recurrence.

In a bid to further enhance safety and accident investigation in Nigeria, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) have joined forces. Both agencies recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that lays the foundation for a seamless partnership aimed at preserving critical evidence at crash sites and improving the effectiveness of accident investigations in all modes of transportation.

The Director-General of NSIB, Engr. Akin Olateru, emphasized the importance of collaboration among agencies and organizations for the benefit of the country. While NSIB is not the first responder in case of an accident, it recognizes the crucial role played by first responders like LASEMA, police, and the military. Olateru believes that partnerships like the one with LASEMA will enhance the accuracy of accident investigations and help prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

Olateru expressed his appreciation to LASEMA for agreeing to the MoU within a relatively short period of five months. He also highlighted the bureau's unsuccessful attempts in the past six years to establish partnerships with other government agencies. However, with the enactment of the new NSIB Act 2022, the bureau is now empowered to investigate serious incidents and accidents in all modes of transportation, laying the groundwork for enhanced safety measures.

Regarding the partnership, Olateru stated, "Whatever MoU we sign with organizations, it's in the interest of the nation. We are not the first responder in case of an accident; we are investigators. The first responders need to know their roles and we need to know ours, too."

Recognizing the importance of training and capacity building, NSIB has volunteered to train the over 200 staff of LASEMA in accident management. This training will equip LASEMA personnel with the necessary knowledge and skills to handle accidents effectively and preserve critical evidence at crash sites. Additionally, LASEMA's technical staff will undergo training provided by the Southern California Safety Institute of the United States.

While the upcoming training will be conducted in batches, the first batch is scheduled to undergo training before the end of this month. The comprehensive training programs aim to equip the staff of both agencies with the expertise required to carry out their respective roles efficiently and collaboratively.

The partnership between NSIB and LASEMA represents a significant step towards improving safety, preserving evidence, and preventing accidents in Nigeria. By leveraging the strengths of both agencies and promoting effective collaboration, the initiative aims to reduce the impact of disasters on the nation's transportation systems.

As Engr. Akin Olateru aptly stated, "We will be deceiving ourselves when we say there will not be disasters. There will be disasters, but we need to partner for it and we need to reduce the impact of the disasters."

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