Before you can operate a drone in Nigeria, this is what you must do

The use of drones (also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in Nigeria, has increased in recent time, as some innovative business outfits and organizations have began to utilise the technology for their operations.

However, a spanner was recently thrown in the wheel of drone lovers as the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) rolled out some guidelines that make flying of drones in Nigeria nearly impossible.

The new guidelines weren’t received favorably.

A statement by the NCAA spokesperson, Sam Adurogboye, reads:

“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.

But then the NCAA goes on to say:

“The development of the use of RPA nationwide has emerged with somewhat predictable safety concerns and security threats

“Therefore, no government agency, organization 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.”

So to fly a drone within Nigeria, you must get a permit from the NCAA and NSA -and it doesn’t even matter if you bought the toy on an eCommerce site while sitting in your living room, you must go through this troubles to obtain a permit.

But to obtain the permit, the following must be done

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The NCAA directs that a non-refundable N500,000 should be paid for a license to operate a drone. The license is valid for three years with a yearly utilization fee of N100,000.

Many disagree with the NCAA.

But some others agree with the NCAA directive.

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But some are asking: what if …

Perhaps, the NCAA is setting the process of obtaining a drone permit too high as a way of discouraging drone use within Nigeria.

 

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