FG To Clamp Down On Civil Servants Leaking Documents

The Federal Government on Tuesday  through the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation has initiated ed moves to ensure that official government documents classified as sensitive are no longer leaked to the public.

In memo uploaded on the website of the office the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade, said the leakages of such documents have become embarrassing to the government and as such become unacceptable.

The memo tagged HCSF/3065/VI/189 reads, “It has been observed with dismay, the increase in the cases of leakage of sensitive official documents in Ministries, Departments and Agencies. This is very embarrassing to the government and therefore unacceptable.

“As part of the efforts to curb this undesirable development, all permanent secretaries are to fast-track the migration to the digitalised workflow system, and ensure effective deployment of the Enterprise Content Management Solution,

“This will reduce physical contact with official documents thereby checking the increasing incidence of leakage and circulation of same.

“Furthermore, permanent secretaries are advised to strongly warn all staff against leaking and circulating official information and documents.

“Any officer caught engaging in such unbecoming act will be severely dealt with in line with the relevant provisions of the Public Service Rules and other extant circulars.”

There has been an increase in the leakage of sensitive government documents in the public space in recent times.

Recently, a memo from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume revealed plans to allocate the sum of N500m as allowances to members of the tripartite committee on minimum wage set up by the Federal Government.

Also a memo about a huge amount of money to be allocated as subsidy for Hajj which purportedly emanated from the office of the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun was seen in public space.

The two memos had generated outrage among Civil Society Organisations, the organised labour demanding probes of such allocations.

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Rita Elenwo

Rita Aletor- Elenwo, is a professional journalist with experience in broadcast, print and online reporting. A proud citizen of Edo state, Nigeria (Esan South East Local Government) Rita had her first degree in philosophy from Ebonyi State University (2008), PGD, in Communication from the University of Port Harcourt (2020), and currently in pursuit of an MSC degree in communication. Rita (nee Aletor-) is happily married with lovely children.

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