Mr. Osita Aboloma, Director-General, SON

COVID-19: SON enjoins stakeholders to embrace automated services

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Determined to support the ongoing efforts at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has instructed its stakeholders and consumers to take advantage of its automated service offerings.

The foremost regulatory agency stated that these computerised services include certification for locally manufactured and imported products, product registration, ports and borders clearance, and service charge payments among others.

Mr. Osita Aboloma, Director-General, SON, in a statement attributed the advice to the 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 three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays respectively.

SON also encouraged the staff to observe all the guidelines provided by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

These measures include the use of thermometer to check body temperature, physical distancing, use of barrier masks and basic hygiene, such as regular handwashing with soap and water as well as use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

The statement directed the Departmental Heads and State Coordinators to draw up rosters to ensure rotational attendance by the staff in order to prevent overcrowding of the office spaces while providing basic services to stakeholders.

The SON staff in the 42 offices across the 36 states in Nigeria are to ensure strict compliance with all guidelines and directives by the government in their respective states, the statement noted.

It added that prior to the resumption of work, SON offices have been disinfected to guarantee the safety of staff and consumers of its range of services.

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