THE Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the medical certificates of five Cabin Crew members on account of drug related offences and have requested the crew members to repeat the tests after which they must undergo rehabilitation.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 2nd June 2016.
THC 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.
According to the NCAA spokesman, Sam Adurogboye in a statement said that the provision of Part 220.127.116.11 (f) (i) of the Nig. NCARs 2015, the Authority resolves, the authority suspended their medical certificate for a period of 180 days from the date of receipt of NCAA letter to them.
The Authority also put the processing of their initial cabin crew license on hold and have requested them to repeat the examination upon which when successful will not be issued the cabin crew license until they are successfully rehabilitated and re – issued the medical certificate.
The CAA explaining how they got to this point narrated that upon receipt of the test result from NCAT Zaria where the crew went for training before they got involved, NCAA issued a Letter of Investigation (LOI) to the involved crew members and they responded.
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).
Consequent upon the findings, the defaulted crew members no longer meet the requirements for the issuance of a Cabin Crew license.
In the light of the above and in accordance with the provision of Part 18.104.22.168 (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 license.
- Requested to repeat the examination but will not be issued the cabin crew license 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.
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 22.214.171.124 (a) of the Nig. NCARs 2015.
The Authority expects strict compliance by the suspended Crew members without which their Medical Certificates would not be issued.
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.