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Vacate Lagos office or be thrown out, FG warns SON

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Abiola Seun

The Federal Government of Nigeria has threatened to evict Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), from its Lekki, Lagos office before the end of June, 2022 or be thrown out.

The Lekki office building which is owned by the Raw Materials, Research and Development Council (RMRDC), has been the organization’s operational Headquarters for a long time.

However, the quit order was given by a Committee set up by the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government, (OSGF,)to implement a decision that SON relocates from the building which it has occupied since 2001 following allocation by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

A source privy to the Committee’s deliberation said a formal letter from the OSGF had since been delivered to SON to vacate the building by December of 2021 but the Organisation had been reluctant thus stalling the RMRDC from implementing its mandate.

The Committee Chairman, who is a Director in the Office of the OSGF, according to the source, was emphatic that the quit order was sequel to the refusal of SON representatives on the Committee to commit to a definite date when the entire property would be handed over to RMRDC even though some part of it were handed over sometime in March 2022.

According to the source, the issue had been lingering for many years with SON always insisting that it had nowhere to relocate its staff which it claimed are about 450.

 The organisation had lately been hanging on requests for the allocation of some of the forfeited properties to the Federal Government even though the Order from the OSGF clearly states that the quit notice was definite.

It would be interesting to see how the quit order would be effected as our source claimed that the Police may be drafted in to forcefully eject SON staff once the June date elapses.

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