By Miriam Humbe
As part of measures to review and improve management practices in the and provide a template to address operational, service delivery and staff welfare challenges,
The Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim has set up a 5-man independent Committee of retired Permanent Secretaries and Directors from the civil service.
The Director General disclosed this while receiving the National President, Comrade Benjamin Anthony and Executives of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) during a courtesy call at the SON Corporate Headquarters Abuja recently.
He stated that the Committee would soon be inaugurated and availed with copies of all departmental presentations highlighting challenges and proffering suggestions. Mallam Salim invited the Union to submit memorandum to the Committee on areas of improvement.
The DG expressed SON management’s appreciation for the visit and assured of his preparedness to work with the leadership of the Union as elected by the members without any preconceived ideas about any staff, with a view to make things better in the organisation.
Mallam Salim disclosed that issues such as the pending promotion exams, Drivers non-accident bonus, end of year palliatives, long service awards etc. were already receiving attention.
The SON DG stated that his management was already looking into the issue of more spacious accommodation for the staff in the Corporate Headquarters to promote a better work environment and more efficient service delivery while also pursuing approvals for a better condition of service for the staff.
He challenged the Union to enjoin its members in SON to show maturity and responsibility in dealing with the management for the collective benefit of all staff, stakeholders and the people of Nigeria.
Speaking earlier, Comrade Benjamin Anthony congratulated the DG on his appointment and pledged the cooperation of the Union in taking SON to greater heights and improving the welfare of the staff.
Comrade Anthony enumerated issues for the DG’s attention as including resource allocation for optimum service delivery and improved service charge generation, postings devoid of favouritism and the acceleration of the approval for the staff condition of service.
Chairman of the SON National Coordinating Committee of AUPCTRE, Comrade Salisu Olansile pledged the full commitment of the Union members to the organisation’s management and urged the DG to also look into the issues of outstanding staff conversion after approved educational attainment and proper placement.