Aircraft accident: FG to deploy infographics in reportage


The Federal Government on Wednesday said that it would deploy infographics in reporting aircraft accidents or incidents to enhance information in any such occurrences.

The Chief Executive Officer of Accident Investigative Bureau, Mr Akin Olateru, made the assertion during his opening remarks at a two-day event on “Industry Engagement on the Review of Accident Reports”.

According to him, the platform which will soon be established will make use of visual representation of data, like charts or diagrams for better clarification of information on accidents.

Olateru stated that the move was also to comply with the best practices to save time in communicating such occurrences to the populace.

“We write a hundred pages of documents, making it available in the AIB`s website. Having like 300 pages of documentation of incidents, accidents, and recommendations among others.

“Today, how many people are actually reading it.

“We want to challenge such practice. What we are doing now is to find a better way of getting those results to the public in an easy and simple way

“What we are trying to do is to interact in a graphic digital form. We want to employ infographics to digitalise our database, as the same word documents we have been using,” he said.

Olateru expressed optimism that the new system would begin very soon and would definitely be what the AIB was doing.

According to him, such a new system will make the final reports simple for the airlines to read and understand.

He said the design would equally assist anybody of interest to go to a particular sector rather than flipping through pages upon pages of pieces of documents.

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“It is of the human factor. You click on animation on the graphic and it tells you everything about what you are looking for. It is about simplifying the way we communicate to the world.

“This has been discussed at the highest level and it has been accepted.

“By the time we are done, Nigeria will be the first among countries in the world that will come up in this format in reporting aircraft accidents or incidents,” he said

He expressed optimism that Nigeria would lead the world very soon in terms of an investigation reporting system.

He said that the impact of research and development could not be over-emphasised in the nation’s building.

He further said that the bureau would keep investing in research and development towards better productivity.

“When you look at it in a critical way, for any institution to progress, and be relevant, we need to invest in research and development. You need to have a feedback system to evaluate and re-evaluate.

“How do you do this, check your operating system.

“Consider a better way of doing it (system and procedure) and come up with a better way of doing things to enhance productivity.

“That is what we are doing in AIB,” he said.

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