Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the medical certificates of five Cabin Crew members over drug related offences.
The affected five crew members whose name were not revealed 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 2nd June 2016.
According to a statement signed by the NCCA General Manager, Public Relations Sam Adurogboye, the Authority had issued a letter of investigation (LOI) to the involved crew members upon receipt of the test result from NCAT Zaria where they went for training.
NCCA in the statement noted that upon the findings, the defaulted crew members no longer meet the requirements for the issuance of a Cabin Crew licence.
The statement explained that the Authority considered the written responses from the affected crew members 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 Nig. NCARs 2015.
In the light of the above and in accordance with the provision of Part 220.127.116.11 (f) (i) of the Nig. NCARs 2015, the Authority resolves as follows, “Suspended 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. 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.”
The Authority also as part of the sanction 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.
It explained 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 reissuance of their medical certificate in accordance with the provisions of Part 18.104.22.168 (a) of the Nig. NCARs 2015.
The Authority said it expects strict compliance by the suspended Crew members without which their Medical Certificates would not be issued.
The statement further said, “This is assuring the travelling public 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.”
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