Author: O. M. Atoyebi S.A.N FCIArb. (U.K.)., Contributor: LILIAN EKU
As the popularity of drones continues to rise, so do the legal and ethical implications of using them. In Nigeria, the use of drones has become more prevalent, particularly in areas such as agriculture, surveillance, and aerial photography. However, in order to ensure the proper and safe use of drones, it is essential to consider the legal and ethical implications associated with their use. This includes obtaining necessary permits and adhering to regulations set forth by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, respecting privacy laws, and ensuring proper liability protection. Additionally, ethical considerations such as privacy invasion, noise pollution, safety concerns, and environmental impact must be taken into account. By considering the legal and ethical implications of using drones, we can ensure that the use of drones in Nigeria is safe, secure, and ethical.
From a legal standpoint, the operation of drones is subject to a complex set of regulations that vary depending on the country and jurisdiction. These regulations cover issues such as licensing, registration, and flight restrictions. In addition, the use of drones can give rise to privacy concerns, particularly if they are equipped with cameras or other sensors. From an ethical standpoint, there are questions about the appropriate use of drones and the potential impact on individuals and communities. In this article, we would discuss the legal and ethical considerations of using a drone.
WHAT IS A DRONE?
A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or aircraft that can be remotely controlled or fly autonomously using GPS technology and sensors. It typically contains a camera or other sensors that capture data for various applications and can have a range of shapes and sizes. Drones are commonly used in many fields, including photography, delivery services, emergency response, surveillance, agriculture, and journalism.
IMPACT OF DRONES FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES
Drones were and aerospace industries, but recently, drones have found their way into the mainstream because of the enhanced levels of safety and efficiency they bring. These robotic UAVs operate without a pilot on board and with different levels of autonomy and because a drone’s autonomy level can range from being remotely piloted (a human controls its movements) to advanced autonomy.
In the wake of drones being able to be controlled remotely and can be flown at varying distances and heights, they make perfect candidates to take on commercial jobs, which the implications clearly have a positive impact on businesses and consumers. Consumers directly benefit from job creation, resulting in additional earnings. Commercial drones will also allow industries to realize savings from cost-effective means of inventory, transportation, and distribution. These cost savings can be passed down to the consumer through a reduction in prices.
Because drones can be controlled remotely and can be flown at varying distances, they make perfect candidates to take on some of the toughest jobs in the world. They can be found assisting in a search for survivors after a hurricane, giving law enforcement and the military an eye in the sky during terrorist situations and advancing scientific research in some of the most extreme climates on the planet.
THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF USING A DRONE FOR COMMERCIAL SERVICES IN NIGERIA.
THE ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF USING A DRONE FOR COMMERCIAL SERVICES IN NIGERIA.
In conclusion, the use of drones in Nigeria has several legal and ethical implications that must be considered in order to ensure the proper and safe use of these devices. Drone operators must obtain the necessary permits and licenses and adhere to regulations set by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. They must also respect privacy laws, ensure liability protection, and consider ethical issues such as safety concerns, noise pollution, environmental impact, and invasion of privacy. By taking these considerations into account, the use of drones in Nigeria can be both beneficial and ethically sound. It is important to balance the potential benefits of drones with the responsibility of using them in a manner that is safe, secure, and respectful of the rights and privacy of individuals.
 Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NigCARs) Part 8, Subpart 2: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations
 Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Guidelines for the Operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS/Drones) in Nigeria
 Regulating Drones: Legal and Ethical Implications”, by Luke Clancy, Journal of Business Law, Vol. 3, 2018.