Information leakage: Katsina civil servants takes fresh oath of secrecy
In an effort to stop leakages of government sensitive informations and documents, the Katsina State government have initiated the administration of Oath of Secrecy as per the provision of Public Service Rules in an effort to ensure conformity with relevant Rules and Regulations governing the conduct of Civil Servants in the State.
This is contained in a circular signed by the Director Administration and Supply of the office of the Katsina State Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Abdulaziz Imam Suleiman dated 15th of October, 2020.
According to the circular, the oath will be administered to all civil servants from Grade Level 8 and above.
The circular reads in part: “In an effort to ensure conformity with relevant Rules and Regulations governing the conduct of Civil Servants in the State, His Excellency. the Executive Governor of Katsina State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, CFR has granted approval for the revival and adherence to signing of Oath of Secrecy as per the provision of Public Service Rules No, 020209 by all Officers on G.L 08 and above, which is consistent with CAP-91 part 11 official Oaths) of Laws of Katsina State.
“2. Consequent to the above all Accounting Officers of MDA’s are directed to enforce the signing of Oath of Secrecy to all Officers serving under them in stages as listed below:
(i) Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers of Parastatals to administer and supervise signing of Oath of Secrecy by all Directors, Confidential Secretaries (Personal Assistants) and Staff of Secret Registries
(ii) All Directors to Administer and supervise signing of Oath of Secrecy of all staff under their Departments.
(iii) Accounting Officers to ensure careful preservation of Oath of Secrecy Forms signed.
(iv) Security Department of Governor’s Office (SGS) to produce copies of Security Form I for the purpose stated;
“3. Copy of the signed Form of Oath of Secrecy to be maintained in confidential files of individual Officers and copy be sent to Security Department of Office of the Secretary to the Government of the State for custody.
“Bring the Content of this Circular to the attention of all concerned for strict compliance, please.”