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Capt. Najomo: New Rules to Integrate UAS into Nigeria’s Economy

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Capt. Chris Ona Najomo, Acting Director General, NCAA.

….announces Mandatory Drone Registration and Licensing Rules

..Moves to Regulate Drone Technology

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has outlined a comprehensive framework for the regulation of Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) in the country. 

The framework aims to ensure the safe and secure operation of drones in Nigeria.

In a presentation on the topic, ‘Holistic Regulations for UAS Development in Nigeria’, at the 4th Drone Technology Conference and Exhibition (DRONETECX 2024) in Lagos, Capt. Chris Ona Najomo, Acting Director General of the NCAA, emphasized the need for a robust regulatory framework to govern the rapidly expanding UAS sector.

According to ICAO, a comprehensive safety oversight system is crucial for maintaining safety compliance. 

Capt. Najomo represented by the Director, Aerodrome and Airspace Standards, DAAS, Engr. Godwin Balang, identified eight critical elements essential for an effective safety oversight system, including primary aviation legislation, specific operating regulations, and technical personnel qualification and training.

Engr. Godwin Balang, Director, Aerodrome and Airspace Standards DAAS, NCAA.

He said, the NCAA regulates drone operations in Nigeria through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2023, specifically Part 21, which deals with Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). 

Key rules include mandatory authorizations for drone operations, registration of drones over 250 grams, and specific licensing requirements.

The Operators, Capt. Najomo stressed must adhere to regulations such as obtaining necessary authorizations, submitting flight plans, and not flying recklessly or across borders without permission. 

Noting that, specific rules for RPAS include obtaining appropriate authorizations, complying with operational conditions, and ensuring equipment meets performance standards.

He assured that, the NCAA is committed to providing the necessary guidance to support the growth of the UAS sector in Nigeria while ensuring safety and compliance, adding that, the framework aims to integrate UAS technology into Nigeria’s economy sustainably.

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