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Staff Of Aso Rock Villa To Swear Oath Of Secrecy

Presidency Orders All Staff Of Villa To Swear Oath.

.... Staff Found Guilty Of Discharge Of Confidential Information To Face Stiff Penalties.

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar on Tuesday in Abuja directed all  members of staff of Aso villa to take oaths of secrecy. 

Umar according to reports threatened ensure that whoever is  found guilty of giving out confidential information on activities in the villa without authorisation  will be made to face  with stiff penalties under the public service rules.

The Permanent Secretary  made this known at the  administration of Oath of Secrecy and Declaration of Secrecy to 42 staff members of the State House.

Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court was the one that administered the oath of Secrecy. 

According to Umar, the Oath was 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,’’ he said.

Tijjani Umar noted that even though there has  not been any record of  breach, the exercise will be continuous. 

‘‘ 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 include after they have retired from the Civil Service,’’ he added.

‘‘The essence of this exercise is to ensure the safety and security of government information, documents and facilities,’’ he said.

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