Federal Government to regulate drones used in Nigeria

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Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Musa Nuhu has announced the importance to install a standard strictly regulation over the drones deployed in Nigeria for security reasons.

He revealed this on Wednesday, during his presentation, ‘Drone Essence, Growth, and Regulations in Nigeria’ at the Airport Business Summit on Cargo & Aero Logistics and Drone Technology Expo, in Lagos.

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According to him, he outlined that the NCAA and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) will negotiate with the government to avoid wrong people deploying negative and unauthorised drones to destroy Buhari’s government.

He also added that drones are only used by the military but are now used by individuals on aspects like climate change, goods delivery, search-and-rescue operations, filming agricultural surveillance.

In his words, he said:

“Drones can be referred to as the following: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). Drones have a long and established history that dates back to centuries, but presently there is a paradigm shift.”

“Their original use was as a weapon in the form of remotely-guided aerial missile deployers. However, today, drones have found a wide range of applications for civilian use. Its essence can be described with one word ‘versatility.’ Currently, there is a huge demand for drones. The pace of development of the drone market, both recreational and commercial is incredibly fast”

“Our goal for unmanned aircraft remains complete and total integration of safety and security is a shared responsibility for stakeholders and UAV operators. We must ensure that the Nigerian Airspace remains safe and that the benefits of UAV operations are well understood and implemented.”

“I have no doubt that the current legal framework and collaboration with operators, stakeholders and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) will provide a robust structure and system for the regulation of drone operation and its structured growth in Nigeria.”

 

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