By Lawani Mikairu
Lagos—THE Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, at the weekend suspended the medical certificates of five Cabin crews over drug-related offences.
The crew, whose names were yet to be disclosed were said to have tested positive to marijuana during 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
According to Mr Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, the Substance, marijuana, is deemed under Part 22.214.171.124. of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. NCARs) 2015 to be a psychoactive substance which made the defaulters disoriented and thereby violated Part 126.96.36.199 (b) (2) (a) (ii) of the Nig. NCARs 2015.
Adurogboye said “The five crew members (names withheld) tested positive to marijuana (Tetra Hydro Cannabinol – THC.)
“Upon receipt of the test result from NCAT Zaria where they went for training before they get involved in flight duties, NCAA issued a letter of investigation (LOI) to the involved crew members and they responded.”
He 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).
“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 188.8.131.52 (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. And Put on hold the processing of their initial cabin crew licence.
“They were 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”.
“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 184.108.40.206 (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.”