President Muhammadu Buhari (r) and Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, HoS, in the Federal Executive Council Chambers, State House, Abuja, FCT. File Photo

Civil Servants warned against ‘unauthorised disclosure’ of official documents

* Officials found culpable to face dismissal -Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, HoS

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government of Nigeria has warned the Civil Servants against the trend whereby the government official documents are found in the public space including the Social Media platforms.

Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, Spokesperson to Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoS), in a circular dated May 22, 2020, made public Monday, May 25, described the practice as embarrassing while threatening to dismiss anyone found culpable in the Civil Service, according to The Sun.

The circular, HCSF/109/S.1/120, was addressed to the following: Chief of Staff to the President, Office of the Vice President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Permanent Secretaries, and Service Chiefs/Inspector-General of Police, and ministers, among others.

In the circular, Dr. Yemi-Esan was said to have lamented the “unauthorised disclosure” of official government documents to Social Media platforms in recent months.

The HoS stated that Civil Servants who engaged in such acts breached the provisions of the Public Service Rules Nos. 030401 and 030402, and the perpetrators risk being dismissed from Service.

In some cases, she said the official documents were correspondence already minuted on.

“This irresponsible and reckless action is an act of serious misconduct with a penalty of dismissal from service, as provided for in Public Service Rules Nos. 030401 and 030402.

“In some cases, official documents that have been minuted on are also leaked. The ugly development is embarrassing to government and, therefore, not acceptable.

“Any public officer caught engaging in this act of serious misconduct will be severely dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Public Service Rules.”

Yemi-Esan said that Permanent Secretaries were expected to draw the attention of all staff to the contents of the circular and the consequences of breaking the rules while in the Service.

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