NCC, ONSA, NCAA eye drone regulations, spectrum deployment
•Commission to review 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz bands for services
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have met to hamonise regulation to sustain the use of drone and the appropriate spectrum to be deployed for service.
They said proper regulation of drone has become necessary, especially for security and disaster management in the country.
Specifically, NCC, which organised a Stakeholders Consultative Forum in Lagos yesterday with the theme, “Regulation On The Use of Drones,” said there would be review of guidelines on the use of the 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz bands, as the frequency for deployment of drones and other emerging technologies in Nigeria.
NCC said the Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) technology, otherwise known as the drone, has gone through substantial development in recent years and its market has shown exponential growth, similar to other new technologies.
Director of Spectrum Administration at NCC, Austine Nwaulune, said drones have found application in several areas that contribute to the development of nations, including security surveillance, shipping and delivery.
Others are disaster management, rescue operations, healthcare, archaeological surveys, geographic mapping, law enforcement, safety inspection, agriculture and wildlife monitoring.
Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, explained that the commission was aware that the country was facing series of challenges such as vandalism of critical national infrastructure, kidnapping, insurgency and terrorism amongst others.
Danbatta, who was represented by the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management, Adeleke Adewolu, informed stakeholders of the appropriate spectrum for drones and its conditions of use to help realisee set objectives of deploying them to tackle the security challenges and for commercial services.