The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the issuiance of medical certificate of five cabin crew who tested positive to marijuana.
Sam Adurogboye, the spokes person of the Aviation Regulator said in Lagos that the five persons whose names he did not disclose tested positive to the drug 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.
Consequently, he said NCAA had suspended their medical certificates for six months from the date they receive a letter from the agency.
Besides, he said NCAA had directed them to undergo rehabilitation for psychoactive substance abuse under the strict supervision of a consultant psychiatrist at designated medical centres.
Furthermore, Adurogboye said NCAA had put on hold the processing of the candidates initial cabin crew licence.
He added that the actions were taken in accordance with the provision of Part 188.8.131.52 (f) (i) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. NCARs) 2015.
“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 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 184.108.40.206. of the Nig. NCARs 2015 to be a psychoactive substance which made the defaulters disoriented and thereby violated Part 220.127.116.11 (b) (2) (a) (ii) of the Nig. NCARs 2015.
“Consequent upon the findings, the defaulted crew members no longer meet the requirements for the issuance of a cabin crew licence,” he said.
He also said NCAA had requested the candidates to repeat the examination adding that they “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.”
After the rehabilitation, 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 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,” he said.