Some weeks after the conclusion on the anti hate speech fine of N5million for all defaulters, the Federal Government has officially approved and begun the monitoring and regulation of social media usage by all civil servants, while explaining that the posts of the civil servants should be solely behind the government.
The Federal Government mentioned that this new initiative is to curb civil servants from disclosing sensitive and confidential information on their social media handles.
This was made known today via a ‘Notice’, which was issued by Lawal Ado Dutsin-ma, Permanent Secretary (Administration) for Head of Civil Service, which explaiened the reasons for the FG’s directive.
The Notice read in parts: “Government has noted with concern the improper participation of public Servants in various media platforms, most especially Facebook, Whats app and Twitter applications among others to the extent of disclosing sensitive official government information and correspondences.”
It further stated that all the public servants in the country should be reminded that unauthorized dissemination of sensitive information and fake allegations against any government official is a serious offences in the face of the law and punishable under the Public Service Rules (PSR) No. 030401.
The Notice also warned all civil servants to refrain from questioning their loyalty to the government on their social media handles as this is punishable under the Public Service Rules (PSR) No.030403.
Thus, the Federal Government has of today, approved the official regulation and monitoring of social media usage by all civil servants in the country and they are all implored to maintain proper conduct on their social media handles.