The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in furtherance of its heightened safety oversight has suspended the medical certificates of five Cabin Crew members for drug related offences.
According to an online statement signed by the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye and made available to aviation correspondent, the five crew members (names withheld) tested positive to marijuana (Tetra Hydro Cannabinol – THC) during a Multi – Drug Screening Test (MDST) conducted on participants of the Cabin Crew Training Basic Course – 30 (CCTB – 30 ) at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria, Kaduna State on June 2, 2016.
NCAA explained that upon receipt of the test result from NCAT Zaria, where they went for training before they got involved, NCAA issued a Letter of Investigation (LOI) to the involved crew members and they responded.
The statement added that the authority accordingly considered their responses which were in writing after it had been duly established that they all tested positive to Tetra Hydro Cannabinol (THC – Marijuana).
This is a substance deemed under Part 188.8.131.52. of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. NCARs) 2015 to be a psychoactive substance which made the defaulters disoriented and thereby violated Part 184.108.40.206 (b) (2) (a) (ii) of the NCARs 2015.
The regulatory body said that consequent upon the findings, the defaulted crew members no longer meet the requirements for the issuance of a Cabin Crew licence.
In the light of the above and in accordance with the provision of Part 220.127.116.11 (f) (i) of the NCARs 2015, the authority resolves to suspend their medical certificate for a period of 180 days from the date of receipt of NCAA letter to them. put on hold the processing of their initial cabin crew licence and to requested to repeat the examination but will not be issued the cabin crew licence even if they pass the examination until they are successfully rehabilitated and re – issued the medical certificate.
NCAA has therefore mandated the suspended Cabin Crew members to undergo rehabilitation for psychoactive substance abuse under the strict supervision of a consultant psychiatrist at designated medical centres forthwith.
NCAA stated that at the end of the rehabilitation exercise, a report is expected to be forwarded in strict confidence by the medical centre to the authority for consideration of re – issuance of their medical certificate in accordance with the provisions of Part 18.104.22.168 (a) of the NCARs 2015.
NCAA, the statement said expects strict compliance by the suspended crew members without which their Medical Certificates would not be issued.
It assured air traveller that NCAA is very detailed in its oversight activities over the industry in the interest of safer skies in Nigeria and violations are viewed seriously.