Nigerian Government Issues Warning to Civil Servants Over Document Leaks

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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Nigerian Government

The Nigerian Government, under the auspices of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, has issued a stern caution to civil servants regarding the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive documents within Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

In response to recent concerns raised by the Presidency regarding the presence of “moles” within the civil service allegedly aligned with the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), an investigation into the civil service framework has been initiated. The Presidency has attributed these individuals to the unauthorized dissemination of classified documents.

Recent leaks, as reported by DAILY POST, have brought to light allegations suggesting President Bola Tinubu’s involvement in authorizing the disbursement of N500 million from a total sum of N1 billion to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume. This allocation was designated for the inauguration of a 37-member Tripartite Committee tasked with devising the New National Minimum Wage.

Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, has issued a stringent warning, emphasizing severe repercussions for individuals found culpable of leaking government memoranda.

The cautionary directive, dated February 19th, 2024, has been disseminated to key stakeholders, including the Presidency, Chief of Staff to the President, Ministers, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Office of the Vice-President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, all Permanent Secretaries, Service Chiefs, Inspector-General of Police, Governors, Central Bank of Nigeria, Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Chairman of the Police Service Commission, and others.

This proactive measure underscores the government’s commitment to safeguarding sensitive information and maintaining the integrity of its operations. It serves as a reminder to civil servants of their duty to uphold confidentiality and protect the interests of the nation.

Soukaina Sghir

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