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NCAA: FG set to regulate use of drones

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The Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu, has said there is a need for strong regulatory framework for the deployment of drones to ensure safety and security.

Nuhu said this in his presentation, ‘Drone Essence, Growth and Regulations in Nigeria’, at the Airport Business Summit on Cargo & Aero Logistics and Drone Technology Expo, in Lagos on Wednesday.

He said the huge demand for drones and the pace of development of the market was incredibly fast, hence the need for regulation.

He said drones were originally developed for the military and airspace industries, but were now being used for monitoring climate change, goods delivery, search and rescue operations, filming agricultural surveillance and so on.

Nuhu said the NCAA and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) would synergise with the government and stakeholders to mitigate risks to national security and public safety, posed by people who were wrongly deploying drones.

He said, “Drones can be referred to as the following; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs).

“Drones have a long and established history that dates back to centuries, but presently there is a paradigm shift.

“Their original use was as a weapon in the form of remotely-guided aerial missile deployers. However, today, drones have found a wide range of applications for civilian use. Its essence can be described with one word ‘Versatility.’

“Currently, there is a huge demand for drones. The pace of development of the drone market, both recreational and commercial is incredibly fast.”

According to the NCAA boss, there is a need for regulation of this versatile technology and regulations will create a level playing field for RPAS/UAV operators.

He said, “Safety is key to the Nigerian Airspace System. Our goal for unmanned aircraft remains complete and total integration of safety and security is a shared responsibility for stakeholders and UAV operators.

“We must ensure that the Nigerian Airspace remains safe and that the benefits of UAV operations are well understood and implemented.

“I have no doubt that the current legal framework and collaboration with operators, stakeholders and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) will provide a robust structure and system for the regulation of drone operation and its structured growth in Nigeria.”

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Rail: Lagos to divert traffic at Marina for seven months

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Lagos State Government has announced plans to divert traffic on the National Theatre and Marina axis for the next seven months for works on the Blue Line rail project.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, made the announced in a statement on Tuesday, saying that the road diversion would start from Monday Aug. 9, 2021 for a duration of 221 days.
Oladeinde said the diversion was part of the current administration’s mandate to ensure safety of motorists and construction personnel during the course of the construction of Blue Line rail project slated within seven months and a week.

He said that the Traffic Management Plan (T.M.P) would address the impact of the construction work on traffic and subsequently eliminate traffic related issues.
Oladeinde explained that the construction would commence on the Right hand side of the road for a duration of 116 days while the left hand side will take 182 days.
He further stated that some of the works would be done simultaneously as some aspect of the construction would require such attention.
“Motorists would be diverted to the descending ramp of Ebute-Ero to link Marina ring road through a diversion point.
“Alternately, traffic will also be diverted to Chapel Street along Apongbon to access Broad Street.
“Traffic signs and temporary barriers will be mounted along the affected axis to guide motorists on movement during the course of the construction.
“The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be on ground to ensure safety of motorists and efficient access to their destinations,” Oladeinde said.
The state government commended Lagos residents for their endurance and cooperation during the execution of these numerous projects.
Oladeinde, however, assured that the end result of these sacrifices would be a Lagos that is conducive for seamless commercial activities and existence of relevant transport infrastructure to meet the needs of the teeming population.

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Gunmen kill seven, raze 275 houses in Plateau

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Gunmen suspected to be herders have killed seven persons when they attacked some communities within Miango, Irigwe chiefdom in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Several persons were also injured and 275 buildings razed by the attackers
The survivors claimed herdsmen were involved in the attack said to have occurred between 7pm on Saturday and the early hours of Sunday.
Spokesman for the state police command, ASP Gabriel Uba, said only four persons were killed, while 50 houses were burnt.
He said, “On 31/07/2021, the command received a report that there was a conflict between gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia and youths from Irigwe at Jebbu Miango, Bassa LGA of Plateau State.
“Unfortunately, 50 houses were torched and four natives were also shot dead. Upon receipt of the report, the tactical team of the command was immediately deployed to the scene to tighten the security of the area and restore peace.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, with other senior officers of the command visited the scene and has ordered a discreet investigation to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act. Normalcy has been restored in that area.”

 

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Three killed, houses burnt in fresh Imo attack

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Three persons were feared killed on Sunday in an attack on Okporo community in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
Many houses were also burnt during the attack which involved shooting, causing stampede and destruction of other property.
Okporo-Nnepi Orlu has been embroiled in crisis since last week when some bandits engaged police men in gun battle that claimed lives of about six bandits and a Divisional Police Officer, CSP Fatmann Dooiyor.
The incident led to the closure of the timber and building materials market by the traders in solidarity with the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kànu, whose trial was to commence on Monday, July 26 but was later adjourned.
The residents said no group had claimed responsibility for the Sunday attack that caused monumental damage to several properties, including motor bikes and vehicles.
Soldiers were drafted to take over the market believed to have been used as a shield by the bandits during the attack.

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