FCT Administration to monitor illegal developments with drones

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has begun moves to deploy drones to enable it effectively monitor and control increasing number of illegal developments in Abuja.

The Director, Department of Development Control of the FCT, Muktar Galadima disclosed this in an interview with Journalists in Abuja Nigeria’s capital shortly after a technical meeting with a Lagos-based drone technology consultant that may handle the project when it finally commences.

Galadima noted that, it was significant for the FCT Administration to be proactive and embrace modern technologies in city management and control and the use of drones was one of such that could help with the volume of work.

While explaining that, the rate of city development is very high, he pointed out that manpower and resources were not commensurate with the rate of development.

According to him, “and looking at available technology now, with application of drones in managing city development, we have to explore the possibility and come up with the best way to do it in the 21st century. That’s why we are looking at that option of using drone to monitor city development.”

” We have already started the use of drone manually in-house, but we want to make it on a bigger stage. But everything in government is subject to appropriation so we have to put it in the budget, so we will see how we are going to include it in the 2021 appropriation. So am very hopeful that we are going to start next year,” he added.

Voice of Nigeria gathered that drones could be used to capture data of developments on sites more accurately and within a short period of that thereby helping to tackle the problem of shortage of manpower.

More so, drone technology could be used to determine whether structures require various aspects of maintenance such as painting and others.

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