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Oath of confidentiality: NASS warns staff against breaking 1962 law

The leadership of the National Assembly has warned its staff against any violation of the 1962 law on the oath of secrecy.

This was highlighted during the opening of a three-day workshop aimed at raising staff awareness of their ethical and behavioral responsibilities.

Some senior House officials were brought together for another round of capacity building.

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It was an opportunity to refresh their understanding and knowledge of legislative practices and procedures while equipping them with new skills in technology.

Oath of confidentiality: NASS warns staff against breaking 1962 lawOath of confidentiality: NASS warns staff against breaking 1962 law

Various variables have been identified by the Clerk of the House as responsible for the negative attitude of civil servants in the performance of their duties.

These, he said, include work ethics, values, ethnicity, conflict of interest, education, religion and leaking official secrets.

A member of the House of Representatives, Yahaya Dan-Zaria, said a civil servant who wants to move up the ladder must avoid falling into any of these negative attitudes.

According to the Clerk of the National Assembly and the Service Commission, the important functions of parliament in a democracy can only be strengthened by training and retraining foot soldiers.

Some of the critical support responsibilities provided by legislative staff in improving the country’s democracy are research, legal writing, and reviewing bills.

Workshop participants over the next few days will cover a wide range of topics, including legislative oversight as a tool for budget monitoring and implementation.