Again, Buhari Government Threatens To Sack Workers Who Give Unauthorised Information To Media

The Nigerian Government has once more raised the alarm over what it described as incessant unauthorised disclosure of official paperwork on social media and different platforms.

It has subsequently threatened to dismiss officers caught doing so.

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The warning was made in a round signed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, dated Monday, August 2, 2021.

The round, titled ‘Unauthorised circulation of official documents/information on social media’ was marked HCSF/3065/Vol.1 /94.

The warning by the HOCSF is the second in a 12 months as an analogous round was issued in May 2020.

In the contemporary round, Yemi-Esan mentioned her workplace could be counting on the provisions of the Public Service Rules 030401 and 030402 in dismissing those that proceed in what she described because the “reckless action” and “unwholesome practice.”

The round learn, “The attention of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has been drawn to the incessant unauthorised disclosure of official documents/information on social media platforms.

“The unwholesome practice involves posting/reposting of secret, confidential, and classified government correspondences, policy drafts, minutes, notes, memos, etc., on social media.

“This reckless action is tantamount to a breach of the Oath of Secrecy public servants swore to, and serious misconduct which may lead to dismissal from the service, as provided in the Public Service Rules 030401 and 030402.

“Henceforth, any officer caught posting/reporting government documents on social media and other platforms without authorisation would be severely disciplined in accordance with the provisions of the PSR.

“This circular, therefore, reinforces the earlier circular on the subject, Ref. No/ HCSF/109/S.l/120 dated May 22, 2020, and other extant regulations prohibiting unauthorised publishing of official documents.

“Permanent Secretaries and Heads/Chief Executive Officers of extra-ministerial departments are to bring the content of this circular to all staff for compliance.”

SaharaReporters had earlier reported how the Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar had, final Tuesday requested workers members to take oaths of secrecy whereas threatening whoever is discovered responsible of leaking inside data with stiff penalties. 

It got here a couple of days after SaharaReporters solely reported how President Muhammadu Buhari secretly deliberate to go to the United Kingdom to keep away from rampage or any “embarrassing protest” towards him. 

Umar mentioned workers members who disclose confidential data with out authorisation will face penalties beneath the general public service guidelines.

The Permanent Secretary said this on the administration of Oath of Secrecy and Declaration of Secrecy to 42 workers members of the State House.

The Oath of Secrecy was administered by Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court. 

According to Umar, the oaths have been administered to workers members who deal with categorised paperwork.

‘‘We discovered that due to deployment of officers and retirement, a number of our staff need to be placed under the radar so that they will be aware that their jobs, the kind of documents or information they are handling from day to day and beyond, are so important and must be safeguarded.

‘‘That’s the rationale we determined to do the needful by administering the Oath of Secrecy, highlighting the significance of letting them know what data they’re managing and the implications of the breach of such data,’’ he mentioned.

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