The three day programme was held at the NIGAV Expo Centre Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos and explored various topics including: National Security Challenges of Drone Operations: What the industry need to know to keep our airspace safe and free from intrusion, Interrelationship in Drone Technology And Communication’
Other are: Drone and Airport Airspace Safety and The Prospects and Challenges of Drone Services In Nigeria, Drone’s unique capacity for accelerating accident scene management’ Looking into The Future of Commercial Cargo Drones Airport Perspective’ and Introduction of Drone in Managing Internal Humanitarian Crisis’
Stakeholders in the conference noted that there are likely over 2000 drone pilots in the Nigeria, 100 importer and resellers, 20 training organizations and many end users who are captured by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and recommended the regulator comes out with accreditation processing for training organizations for commercial drone operator or pilot license.
The conference also identified the fear of security breach with the drone as a major obstacle constraining the full deployment of the true essence and the future of civil drone for good in Nigeria but stressed however that fears can be managed by well articulated covert security programmes without frustrating the growth of civil drone application.
Also important was how stakeholders urged the NCAA to hasten the process and bringing out the full guidelines needed to stir the industry
as well as expedite actions on the release of drone regulations, ease the process of drone and making the process of licensing drone pilots seamless and affordable.
The conference also remarked that training and capacity building is essential for the drone industry to thrive and tasked the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology(NCAT) to lead the unified body of the training organizations in drone so as to bring up an agreed standard of learning requirements which must be growth orientated and inclusive.
Earlier, during his key note address Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria ( AIB-N) Engineer Akin Olateru set the ball rolling by calling for the simplification of the approval processes for drone approval stressing that the world has moved and drones open huge opportunities for betterment of the country.
He said for thousands of approvals to be coming from the very busy Office of the National Security Adviser ( ONSA) is a lot and the office is more occupied with important things that approving individual drone requests
He said once approvals come effortlessly this drone technology can be used in areas that aid humanity including agriculture, medicals, traffic management, security and a lot of other areas.