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5-man committee to re-engineer SON operations

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During the inauguration of members of the committee recently.The five-man committee inaugurated by Mallam Farouk Salim, Director-general, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has been mandated to within four weeks from the date of inauguration to submit its interim report on how to strengthen the organisation for a better service delivery.

The committee, which is to submit its final report before the end of the year, is to review the Standards body’s management practices.

While inaugurating the committee, Salim charged them to help examine the structure of SON, its processes and practices with a view to providing a template to address operational, service delivery and staff welfare challenges to entrench equity and fairness.

Salim, who also tasked them with identifying greater opportunities for staff to contribute to attainment of organisational goals, said arrangements had been made for the committee to visit SON major operational offices in Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Kano to feel the pulse of the staff and have a broader view of the organisation.

The committee’s terms of reference will include control and coordination, communication and effectiveness, manpower dispositions and manning levels, recruitment, postings and transfers as well as public perception of the organisation among others.

He assured them that departmental presentations containing the activities, achievements, challenges and suggestions already obtained from directors, heads of departments and relevant portions of the handover notes of the last management, would be available to the committee.

Salim also enjoined the committee to invite additional inputs, presentations, clarifications or opinions from members of the SON Management and the Staff Unions as it may deem necessary.

The committee members were carefully selected given their rich pedigrees and experiences in the public sector, and the management’s belief in their competence and ability to contribute to the growth of SON.

Barrister Osuagwu Uwanuakwa, a retired permanent Secretary, Establishment, Pension and Records in the Office of Head of Service, and Chairman of the committee on behalf of members, pledged devotion to the assignment with a view to delivering on the terms of reference within the time frame given.

Commending Salim on his novel approach towards realising his vision for the organisation, Uwanuakwa promised to hit the ground running alongside members of the Committee.

Also, another member of the committee, Mr. Kabir Wudil, a former Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff to the President, described the committee as introspection capable of transforming SON towards greater contributions to nation building.

Members of the committee include: Dr Rukayyatu Gurin, a senior lecturer at BAZE University, Abuja; Pharmacist Mashood Oluku Lawal, retired Director, Federal Ministry of Health and a former member of the SON Governing Council, and the SON Director, Human Resources Management, Mr. Abdulkadir Usman, who is to serve as facilitator

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