The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced the suspension of a crew member, who tested positive to psychoactive substance, Tetrahydro – Cannabinol (Marijuana).
The crew member’s suspension was contained in a statement released by public affairs of NCAA, Sam Adurugboye where it was made known that the suspect was fished out when the agency conducted a random alcohol and drug tests on 87 licensed aviation personnel.
Adurugboye said the exercise was part of plans to perfect NCCAA’s regulatory functions and make the industry safe for all.
The statement reads in part, “Quite clearly, the crew member violated the provisions of Part 220.127.116.11. (a) and Part 18.104.22.168(a) (3) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs 2015). NCAA has therefore sanctioned the offending aircrew in accordance with the provisions of Part 22.214.171.124(f) (i) and Part 126.96.36.199(c) of Nig.CARs 2015.
“The medical certificate and license of the aircrew has been suspended for 180 days from April 5, 2017.
“Accordingly, the respondent shall cease to exercise the privileges of the license for the period of his suspension.
“In addition, the crew member shall within 7 (seven) days of receipt of letter of sanction, hand over the license to the Authority’s director of licensing (DOL).
“The aircrew shall undergo a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation for psychoactive substance abuse during the suspension period under the care of a consultant psychiatrist.”