In compliance with the Federal Government’s advice to follow themeasures it put in place to manage identified cases of COVID-19 and curtail further spread of the virus in the country, the Registrar/Chief Executive, National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), Prof. Ifeoma M. Isiugo-Abanihe, has taken additional steps to check the spread of the pandemic in the workplace.
First, Prof. Isiugo-Abanihe directed all non-essential workers below the status of Chief to stay and work from home with effect from Tuesday, 24th March, 2020, until further notice.
She advised all categories of workers who would be at the workplace to limit, to the minimum, the number of visitors they receive in order to reduce physical contact as much as possible, and also to wear face masks.
As part of the ways to ensure strict adherence to personal hygiene, the NABTEB Chief Executive, in April, ordered the provision of running water and soap at strategic places for frequent washing of hands and provision of alcohol-based sanitizer for application on the hands each hand-washing round.
Prof. Isiugo-Abanihe later undertook an inspection tour of anti-COVID-19 safety items put in place at the main entrance gate to the Board and the entrances to all the departments of the Board.
The NABTEB Registrar/Chief Executive, who was accompanied on the inspection by Directors and Heads of Department, showed the way by demonstrating how to use soap and running water to wash hands and how to apply alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
After Prof. Isiugo-Abanihe had taken the lead, she then monitored Directors and Heads of Department at their various Departments to ensure that they and other members of staff followed the safety protocol. Security personnel and drivers also took their turns.
Besides, the Registrar/Chief Executive monitored the operations of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department where some essential service workers have been on duty.
On 27th May, 2020, the NABTEB Registrar unveiled an infrared thermometre for the gauging of temperature of all workers and visitors to the Board. Prof. Isiugo-Abanihe, who insisted on the observance of the social distancing directive while addressing the workers who are on duty, thanked them for their services, just as she encouraged all staff to get and read all government guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 with a view to staying safe.