Nigeria may have just found a local solution to solve an international problem, as a member of the National Youth Service Corps, Mr. Olaolu Ayoola, has said that the drones he manufactured are capable of carrying out reconnaissance of the country’s porous borders.
Ayoola, a graduate of Computer Science, from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, who is serving in a secondary school in Osun State, told our correspondent in an interview on Monday that his drone could assist the military to monitor the kind of persons and activities going on at Nigerian borders.
According to him, the drones which are manufactured and fitted with camera with the capacity for live recording can be deployed and officials would be watching event as they are happening on the ground.
Ayoola said the massive killings and willful destruction of property by insurgents could be tackled with technology backed up by military personnel and by addressing the cause of the crisis.
He said, “It is difficult, if not impossible to have our borders covered with close circuit television therefore drones such as this can be programmed to patrol our borders independently and notify security agents whenever it detects strange activities such as illegal immigrations, human trafficking at our borders. This will most certainly be more effective in terms of results and cost when it is combined with the existing infrastructures and personnel.
“This one can fly as high as 200m and it can stay in the air for 20 minutes. The beauty of it is that it can be improved upon to fly higher and stay longer and even with greater capabilities.
“There is no limit to how far we can push it. I just think the Nigerian Government has not been exploring the potentials in this nation. I think the government and the private sector should invest into technologies like this and many others the Nigerian youths come up with”, he said.
The corps member also noted that his drones could also be used to monitor the nation’s pipelines, and that farmers could use them to monitor happening on their farms.
Punch, February 09, 2015
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