The federal government has said civil servants who leak official documents will be dismissed when caught.
Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of Service (HoS), who made this disclosure in a circular dated May 22, said leaking of official was an act of serious misconduct and it would not be condoned any longer.
She said, “The attention of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation has been drawn to the recent unfortunate unauthorised disclosure of 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 the public service rules NO030401 and 030402.”
Yemi-Esan called on permanent secretaries to draw the attention of their staff to the content of the circular, warning that whoever is caught in the act will be punished in accordance with the public service rules.
“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 content of this circular and the consequences of breaking the rules, she said.
It could be recalled that the draft of President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech was leaked a couple of weeks ago.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, also said the person who leaked draft of president’s speech has been apprehended