Parliament of Ghana has approved the Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau Bill for the establishment of a dedicated bureau mandated to investigate all aviation incidents and accidents in the country. The President is now expected to give his assent to the bill to become a law.
The work of the Accident Investigation Bureau will be of great importance in reducing the annual accident costs attributed to general aviation in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region.In recent times, there have been major initiatives, such as infrastructural projects and systems enhancements. This combines with other legislation gradually positioning the country at the heart of civil aviation in Africa.
The source of funding for the bureau is 1.5 per cent of the Airport Passenger Service Charge (APSC). This forms part of the domestic and international air tickets.
The Ghana Airports Company, which receives the revenue from the APSC, is now required to give 1.5 per cent to the new agency to kick start with its operation.
The setting up of the bureau is also ready for Ghana’s upcoming International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) audit in 2021.
This is a great step in turning what is currently an office that resides in the Aviation Ministry into an autonomous accident investigative body that is well-resourced to carry out its mandate, devoid of undue influence by the industry regulator, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and the sector ministry.
In general, Air transport supports 6.2 million jobs and $55.8 billion in African economic activity. That is 1.8% of all employment and 2.6% of all GDP in African countries in 2016.
Currently, Africa has 731 airports and 419 airlines with an aviation industry that supports around 6.9 million jobs and $80 billion in economic activity.
Paa Kweku Eshun | Talksafrica.com