The Nation (Nigeria)

Army to curb informatio­n leakage

- By Precious Igbonwelun­du

TArmy has begun a four-day training for its chief clerks to strengthen informatio­n security and prevent leakage of official documents.

It held at the headquarte­rs of the Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps (NAOC) in Lagos State.

Army chief clerks are noncommiss­ioned officers (NCOS) attached to administra­tive department­s and units for clerical duties.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-gen. Farouk Yahaya, who opened the convention, said it was designed to remind participan­ts to uphold the Official Secrets Act. According to him, the training would enable soldiers develop capacity and enhance performhe ance in their duties as trained confidenti­al secretarie­s, personal assistants and chief clerks of various formations and units.

Gen. Yahaya, who was represente­d by Commandant of Nigerian Army College of Logistics (NACOL) Maj.-gen. Martins Enendu reminded participan­ts that they were custodians of documents and must guide against leakage of informatio­n.

He warned against falsificat­ion of documents/signatures, late/non-rendition of returns, unauthoris­ed publicatio­ns and disseminat­ion/ disclosure of classified informatio­n to the press or other unreliable audiences, describing such as unpatrioti­c acts that could have consequenc­es on the image of the Army.

The COAS said: "This training is designed to bring us all on the same page towards ensuring such leakages are checkmated. Disclosure­s from theatre of operations may not in all cases be limited to structured manner of handling informatio­n; some of these leakages are from men in the field and, sometimes, even from people who are not soldiers. We are here for the structured manner of handling document security and I think we would achieve the objectives.

General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division Maj.-gen. Lawrence Fejokwu hoped the trainees were better informed.

 ??  ?? From left: Supervisor for Budget at Iba Local Council Developmen­t Area (LCDA) Jamiu Oyefolu; Head of Education Department and Library Services Mrs. Balogun Kikelomo; winners of the Spelling Bee Competitio­n Hassan Ayinla (secondary category) and Adepoju Rebecca (primary category); Supervisor for Education Fatai Kojowon and Council Manager Jelili Jimoh at the inter-school Spelling Bee competitio­n in Iba Town Hall, Lagos...yesterday.
From left: Supervisor for Budget at Iba Local Council Developmen­t Area (LCDA) Jamiu Oyefolu; Head of Education Department and Library Services Mrs. Balogun Kikelomo; winners of the Spelling Bee Competitio­n Hassan Ayinla (secondary category) and Adepoju Rebecca (primary category); Supervisor for Education Fatai Kojowon and Council Manager Jelili Jimoh at the inter-school Spelling Bee competitio­n in Iba Town Hall, Lagos...yesterday.

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