Nigeria bans unauthorised use of drones

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA,
has banned the launching of Remotely Piloted
Aircraft, RPA, in the Nigerian airspace
without its permit and that of the Office of
National Security Adviser, ONSA.
This is contained in a statement issued by the
General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA,
Sam Adurogboye, which was made available
to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on
Sunday in Lagos.

The statement said the move was part of the
safety guidelines issued by the regulatory
agency to drone operators following the
proliferation of the technology in the
country.
“In recent times, RPA/UAV (Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles) are being deployed for commercial
and recreational purposes in the country
without adequate security clearance.
“Therefore with the preponderance of these
operations, particularly in a non-segregated
airspace, there has to be proactive safety
guidelines.
“The development of the use of RPA
nationwide has emerged with somewhat
predictable safety concerns and security
threats.”
According to the statement, the International
Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is yet to
publish Standards and Recommended
Practices, SARPs, as far as certification and
operation of civil use of RPA is concerned.
The statement said the NCAA had therefore
put in place Regulations/Advisory Circular to
guide the certification and operations of civil
RPA in the Nigerian airspace.
It said this was contained in the Nigerian
Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs 2015
Part 8.8.1.33) and the Implementing
Standards (Nig.CARs 2015 Part IS.8.8.1.33).
“Therefore, no government agency,
organisation or an individual will launch an
RPA/UAV in the Nigerian airspace for any
purpose whatsoever without obtaining
requisite permit from the NCAA and ONSA.
“The NCAA wishes to reiterate that all
applicants and holders of permits to operate
RPA/Drones must strictly be guided by safety
guidelines.
“In addition, operators must ensure strict
compliance with the conditions stipulated in
their permits and the requirements of the
Nig. CARs,” the statement said.
It added that violators would be sanctioned
according to the dictates of the new rules.
(NAN)

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