The Presidency on Tuesday at the State House in Abuja issued an oath of secrecy to staff, warning that disclosing confidential information without authorisation will attract penalties under the public service rules.
A press release titled in part disclosing confidential information will attract penalties , signed by Patience Tilley-Gyado, Assistant Director Information disclosed that the oaths were administered to staff members who handle classified documents.
The Permanent Secretary, Tijjani Umar stated this at the administration of Oath of Secrecy and Declaration of Secrecy to 42 staff of the State House, administered by Justice Hamza Muazu of the FCT High Court.
Umar who issued the warning noted that alerting staff of the penalties that accrue to a breach of classified documents without authorization, has become fundamental, particularly to retired staff.
He said the exercise would be continuous and acknowledged that there has been no record of any breach of information yet, neither is there anticipation of any, but the exercise will continue to put civil servants in check.
Under the Official Secrets Act, 1962, the Director of Special Services Department, Office of the Government of the Federation, Tukur Yahaya, explained to the staff that underwent the sensitization program, that the safety and security of government information, documents and facilities is critical to guarantee continuous delivery of national service.
“We discovered that due to deployment of officers and retirement a number of our staff needs 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,” he said.
“That’s the reason we decided to do the needful by administering the Oath of Secrecy, highlighting the importance of letting them know what information they are managing and the consequences of the breach of such information.”