The Presidency has administered the Oath of secrecy on the Presidential staff in the State House, with a warning by the Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, that any of them who discloses confidential information without authorisation will be punished under the public service rules.
The Oath of Secrecy and Declaration of Secrecy was administered on 42 staff of the State House by Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court today, July 27.
The Permanent Secretary said that the oaths were administered to staff members who handle classified documents.
‘‘We discovered that due to deployment of officers and retirement a number of our staff need 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.
‘‘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.”
The Permanent Secretary said that the exercise will be continuous, even as he expressed delight that so far the State House has not recorded any breach of information.
‘‘We have not had any breach. We don’t anticipate having any breach.
‘‘But then it’s our duty to let them understand that if there is any, there will be consequences after investigations and that also includes after they have retired from the Civil Service.”
Before the administration of the Oaths, the Director of Special Services Department, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Tukur Yahaya, took the staff through sensitization, during which time he explained the essence of the Official Secrets Act, 1962.
‘‘The essence of this exercise is to ensure the safety and security of government information, documents and facilities.”