The Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar on Tuesday in Abuja requested employees members to take oaths of secrecy whereas threatening whoever is discovered responsible of leaking inside data with stiff penalties.
He mentioned employees members who disclose confidential data with out authorisation will face penalties underneath the general public service guidelines.
The Permanent Secretary said this on the administration of Oath of Secrecy and Declaration of Secrecy to 42 employees members of the State House, POLITICS NIGERIA stories.
The Oath of Secrecy was administered by Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court.
According to the Umar, the oaths had been administered to employees members who deal with categorized 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.
The Permanent Secretary famous that despite the fact that there had not been any breach, thr train will probably be steady.
‘‘We have not had any breach. We don’t anticipate having any breach.
‘‘But then it’s our obligation to allow them to perceive that if there’s any, there will probably be penalties after investigations and that additionally embody after they’ve retired from the Civil Service,’’ he added.
Earlier earlier than the administration of the Oaths, Mr Tukur Yahaya, the Director of Special Services Department, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, took the employees members by means of a sensitisation course of, explaining the essence of the Official Secrets Act, 1962.
‘‘The essence of this exercise is to ensure the safety and security of government information, documents and facilities,’’ he mentioned.