Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has enjoined its stakeholders and customers to take optimum advantage of its automated service offerings as the organisation resumes nationwide operations in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive easing the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic from Monday, May 4, 2020. The services include, certification for locally manufactured and imported products, product registration, ports and borders clearance and service charge payments among others.
A statement from the office of the Director General, Osita Aboloma Esq. attributed the advice to customers and stakeholders to the need to reduce physical presence at its offices to the barest minimum, for the safety and wellbeing of all. The statement directed staff all over the Nation on grade levels 14 and above to resume work thrice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm. It enjoined the staff to observe all the guidelines provided by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, including use of thermometer to check body temperature, physical distancing, use of barrier masks and basic hygiene such as regular washing of hands with soap and water as well as use of alcohol based hand sanitisers.
Departmental Heads and State Coordinators were directed to draw up rosters to ensure rotational attendance by the staff, to avoid overcrowding of the office spaces while providing basic services to stakeholders. The statement enjoined staff of SON in the 42 offices across the 36 states to ensure strict compliance with all guidelines and directives by the Government in their respective States
It concluded that prior to the resumption of work, SON offices have been disinfected to guarantee the safety of staff and customers.