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Drug Offence: NCAA Suspends Medical Certificates of 5 Cabin Crew

As part of measures to ensure efficient safety oversight functions, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has suspended the medical certificates of five Cabin Crew members on account of drug related offences.

Sam Adurogboye, spokesman for NCAA, who dropped the hint in a statement, noted that the five crew members on June 2, 2016 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.

Upon receipt of the test result from NCAT in 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.
It was established, the responses of the Cabin Crew members, which were in writing, were considered accordingly after it had been duly established that they all tested positive to Tetra Hydro Cannabinol (THC – Marijuana).
“This is a substance deemed under Part 1.2.1.8. of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. NCARs) 2015 to be a psychoactive substance which made the defaulters disoriented and thereby violated Part 2.11.2.7 (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 license.

“In the light of the above and in accordance with the provision of Part 2.11.1.8 (f) (i) of the Nig. NCARs 2015, the Authority resolves as follows:

• Suspendeds their medical certificates 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.”

Adurogboye noted that 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 2.2.9.2 (a) of the Nig. NCARs 2015,” the NCAA spokesman said.

He also noted that 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”, Adurogboye added.

By Patrick Aigbokhan

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