HoS, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, the chief head of service of the federation, has written to the top officials in the civil service, to warn them concerning the leaking of official documents, just as the circular conveying the massage was also leaked.
In the circular number HCSF/109/S.1/120 dated 22nd May 2020. The federal government stated that leaking official documents is very much embarrassing to the general public and also government and threatened to dismiss anyone caught in the act.
Titled: “Unauthorized circulation of official documents/information on social media,” the circular pointed out that even documents which had been minuted upon were illegally released, describing the action as unfortunate.
“The attention of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation has been drawn to the recent unfortunate unauthorized disclosure of official documents on 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 the 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 contents of this circular and the consequences of breaking the rules.”
the circular read
According to The Tribune, the circular was addressed to the Chief of Staff to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff to President, Office of the Vice President, Ministers, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chiefs/Inspector-General of Police and Permanent Secretaries Service.
Other government functionaries who received the circular include Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Police Service Commission, Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission, Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal, Chairman, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau, Chairman, Federal Character Commission, Chairman, Revenue Mobilization, Allocation & Fiscal Commission, and Chairman. National Population Commission.
Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Secretary, National Judicial Council, Clerk of the National Assembly, Auditor-General for the Federation, Supreme Court of Nigeria, Surveyor-General of the Federation, Chief Registrar, and Directors-General and Chief Executives of Parastatals/Agencies also received the circular.