Nigerian Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said drones are posing a security risk too apart from being used to fight terrorism on global platform, deliver medical care and used in some good causes.
He added the drones will be regulated for making the country safe and secure. The device just cannot roam in the airspace in uncontrolled and unregulated manner.
Sirika was speaking on the sidelines of symposium on remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Monday in capital Abuja.
He said the government is making substantial progress in this regard and has created a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Safety Team which will develop recommendations and assist the government in the creation of RPAS registration system.
However, the flipside is balancing safety and security with sustainability and efficiency.
Sirika added, “While the registration will help connect RPAS with its operator in cases where people are not complying with rules and guidelines. It also gives us a valuable opportunity to educate users on how to operate their Remotely Piloted Aircraft safely.”
He earlier said that African States are like other States which are welcoming unmanned aircraft citing the socio-economic benefits.
He said new businesses and humanitarian are leveraging the technology and the evolution is taking off imaginations of many people literally. The innovation will continue to operate in the country without any doubt and head of it an operational framework will be made by the government to benefit the society and also safeguard the people.