Following the recent incessant leak of official documents on social media, the Federal Government has taken measures to curb the unfortunate trend.
In a circular titled , ‘Unauthorised circulation of official documents/information on social media,’ which was issued by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, it expressly warned that any official caught in such acta will be dismissed.
Recall that on April 28, Covid-19 Nationwide broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari was leaked to the public ahead of the 8pm Broadcast time.
The circular described the leaking of official documents as “an act of serious misconduct” which attracts dismissal as contained in the Public Service Rules.
The circular read, “The attention of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation has been drawn to the recent unfortunate unauthorised disclosure of official documents on the social media.
“In some cases, official documents that have been minuted on are also leaked. 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.
“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.
“Permanent secretaries are to draw the attention of all their staff to the content of this circular and the consequences of breaking the rules.”