Another engineer and former President of Nigerian Internet Group, NIG, Engr Adebayo Banjo described the idea of the drone as “chasing nebulous shadows”.He said there are a lot of Nigerians blazing the trails in such technologies with personal finances that government should encourage rather than yielding to what he described as “empty initiative.“Of what effect has the so-called Black Man Satellite of Nigeria, been?
“I don’t want to mention names, but there’s a young man who lives in Ikoyi and runs his late father’s well known construction company and has, to my knowledge, built two fixed wing aircrafts, one from a kit, the other from design drawings and two functional helicopters. All four aircrafts can carry two people. There are many Nigerians across the country, who have built small drones and very large remote controlled aircrafts. Abroad, this is not an issue as children make these types of drones and aircrafts every day. I just wonder what interests these exposures serve, when you reason that young children abroad and other Nigerians can do this and are doing it.
She recalled that during her recent visit to Mercy Academy in Kentucky, USA, October 2017, JSS and SSS students of the academy were producing solid and functional drones as practical works and didn’t see why the NAF plane should attract a whole president, at launch.