FG will crack down on blind drone users violating SCA

By Isaac Anumihe, Abuja

As part of measures to prevent the frequent building collapses and indiscriminate use of drones in Nigeria, violators of the Investigations Coordination Act (SCA) of 1962 would be arrested, prosecuted and possibly imprisoned.

SCA is a law prohibiting the indiscriminate use of drones and construction on unapproved areas.

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Speaking when he received a team led by Major General Samad Akesode, Director of Communications for the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to the President at the Survey House in Abuja, the Surveyor General of the Federation, Abudulganiyu Adeyemi Adebomehin commended President Muhammadu Buhari and National Security Adviser (NSA), General Babagana Mongunu (rtd) for taking seriously the issue of violations of SCA provisions which he says are a result of the sovereignty of Nigeria.

He said that individuals and groups cannot be allowed to continue building or installing infrastructure, generating geospatial information and other critical infrastructure data without recourse to the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation ( OSGoF).

According to the SGoF, his office would begin the full implementation and enforcement of the SCA, which is why ONSA deployed a very senior military officer in the person of Major General Adesoke to work with the OSGoF for the success of operations intended to curb activities hostile to the provisions of the law regulating topography and geo-informatics in the country.

While thanking the National Security Adviser (NSA) for his prompt response to the general request made by the OSGoF, the SGoF appealed for the provision of military personnel for the security of surveyors and other members of the OSGoF personnel during engagements, especially at international borders.

He said OSGoF lost five staff in attacks on the Nigeria-Cameroon border about five years ago.

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In his remarks, Major General Akesode commended the SGoF’s commitment to infrastructure development and national security. He emphasized the need for every Nigerian to be patriotic for the general good of the country.

Akesode said the relevance of OSGoF’s activities cannot be overstated. He stressed the need for his collaboration with relevant authorities such as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), operators and developers of shared telecommunications infrastructure on land.

In a statement, OSGoF’s head of press and public relations, Abu Michael, said the military leader has pledged NSA support to OSGoF to specifically generate geospatial information on locations and the heights of all obstacles in the country. He noted that such information for masts and other facilities around airports was necessary to ensure safety.

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