The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, passed the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (Establishment) Bill, 2021.
The passage of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Aviation.
The chamber, midway through consideration of the Committee’s report on the bill last week, stepped it down due to a “mix-up” observed by the lawmakers during plenary.
However, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West), in his presentation on Tuesday, said the bill seeks to provide an effective and institutional framework for the prevention, regulation and administration of safety investigation of transportation occurrences in Nigeria, and anywhere Nigerian interest is involved or the transportation vehicle is a Nigerian carrier.
“Also, the purpose of the bill is to enable investigative activities and promote safety through the conduct of transparent, independent and objective investigations in all cases of an accident involving any of the current mode of transport in the country”, Adeyemi said.
He pointed out that the bill’s passage and assent into law would, among others, facilitate quick investigation of accidents, create a much safer environment and reduce death rates across the country.
The senate passed the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (Establishment) Bill, 2021, after a clause-by-clause consideration by the Committee of the Whole.