Oando Plc has become the first organisation in Nigerian to be issued the Remotely Piloted Aircraft/Drones (RPAS) Operators Certificate (ROC), Independent reports.

The certificate was issued to the oil company in Lagos, by Capt. Muhtar Usman, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) at its headquarters at Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos yesterday. A statement said the certificate was collected on behalf of the company by Mr. Anthony Sawyer, Oando Plc’s General Manager, Operations.

The statement said that Oando Reservoir and Production Services Ltd. received the certificate having satisfied the requirements and found competent to secure the safe operation of the Lockheed Martins SN 248-255 aircraft. The certificate, according to the statement, was for flights with the purpose of environmental observation monitoring and protection.