The Federal Government has made it clear it may no longer go easy on staff and officials caught leaking official documents on social media without authorization. In a circular marked HCSF/109/S.1/120 titled 'Unauthorized circulation of official documents/information on social media,' the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr FolasadeYemi-Esan, said recent unauthorized disclosure of official documents on social media which amounts to gross acts of misconduct and punishable as contained in the Public Service Rules was becoming embarrassing and therefore unacceptable.
The circular read, “The attention of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation has been drawn to the recent unfortunate unauthorised disclosure of official 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 Public Service Rules Nos. 030401 and 030402.
“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.”