Nigeria is to join a league of countries with drone surveillance systems only this it’s going to be used in an area where the country has suffered for long and this is in the area of oil installation protection. This was contained in an article posted by Guardian Nigeria by the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Dr Ade Abolurin. About 500 drones would be deployed in this effort should this become a reality.
The NSCDC has been commended by different administrations in Nigeria and since President Buhari was sworn in on May 29, there has been fear in some quarters that certain elements would go after oil installations across the country but while these claims remain unproven, this measure by this security agency may be precautionary.
The agency might face some technical and logistics challenges which of course can be overcome only through proper training of officers and budgeting.
Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Dr Ade Abolurin
In a July 2014 Wall Street Journal article, a student would have to pay about $175,000/34m Naira in order to complete a four year drone course at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Daytona Beach, Florida.
In 2012, The NSCDC got about 57b Naira/ $290m from the national budget and this includes salaries and projects. There would have to be a special fund set up to cater for this operation especially in the areas of training and logistics even as drone prices continue to fall.
Drone use range from delivery to warfare and in an era where almost anyone can afford to fly drone, it’s imperative that there is proper regulation within the various aviation ministry agencies like the NCAA (Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority). A debate was sparked about regulation in the US when a man “mistakenly” landed a drone on the lawn of the White House.
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