The Ghana Federal Ministry of Aviation said it has appointed Akwasi Agyeibi Prempeh as the Commissioner for the newly established Accident and Incident Investigation and Prevention Bureau. (AIB).
The establishment of the AIB is in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and its primary objective is to investigate events, report and oversee the management of aircraft accidents and incidents that occur in Ghana and to provide for related matters.
To operationalize the Bureau, Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana has appointed Mr. Prempeh, of the Ministry of Aviation as the Commissioner for the AIB.
Mr. Prempeh comes to the job with an overwhelming experience within the aviation industry and it is expected that he will bring his experience to bear on the job.
According to the Ministry, Mr. Prempeh holds a Msc. degree in Transport Planning from the University of Leeds, UK and Bsc. in Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He also pursued other air transport related competency-based courses and professional programmes including Aircraft Accident Investigation and Response course at Cranfield University, UK in 2019.
He has been the coordinator for the Accident Investigation Emit in the Ministry for the past two years and has an overall and deep knowledge as well as working experience in the aviation sector for the past 10 years. He has been part of the investigation of aircraft accidents in Ghana.
Most importantly, Mr. Prempeh played an instrumental role in the run-up to the ICAO Validated Coordinated Mission (ICVM) from March to April, 2019 which culminated in Ghana’s achievement of the highest score of 89.89%, an enviable record on the African continent for safety and security. He also featured prominently in the research and analysis phase and also coordinated the drafting of the AIB Bill which was recently passed by Parliament for the establishment of the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation and Prevention Bureau.
He is also professionally affiliated to several ICAO institutions and Regional Organizations, and he is a member of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA).