By Wole Mosadomi
MINNA â€” Participants of the workshop organised for the Stakeholder Develop-ment Committee of Vision 20:2020 for ministries, depart-ments and agencies of the Federal Government have shunned the workshop just as the Head of the Civil service of the federation, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye has vowed to bring the absentees to book.
A visibly disturbed Head ofÂ Service had arrived Hydro Hotel Minna Niger State, venue of the workshop ahead of time and met an empty hall but insisted that the programme should start at exactly 10am as scheduled.
By the time he finished his keynote address and the close of the opening ceremony, most of the participants who were billed to have checked in Sunday night for the workshop were yet to arrive.
The Head of Service, who saw the poor attendance and lateness by the participants to the venue as an act ofÂ sabotage and gross indisci-pline, ordered for the attendance of participants at the opening ceremony and vowed that those who failed to attend will be punished adequately.
Oronsaye disclosed that there was no reason for any participant to be late or absent since all of them have been paid their allowances to take care of their accommo-dation, transportation and others.
He described a civil servant as the engine room of the government, adding that the success of the present Federaln Govern-mentâ€™s 7-Point Agenda and Vision 20:2020 rest mostly on the civil servants. He called on them to either brace up for the challenges ahead or be chased out of the service.
According to him, â€œThe success of Vision 20:2020 must be such that leads to the realization of governmentâ€™sÂ objectives inÂ areas such as Macro-Economy, Agriculture, Health, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Education and the Polity and this is why todayâ€™s event which is the second edition is being organizedâ€.
Mr. Oronsaye while challenging the civil servants to rededicate themselves to their schedules and assignment said â€œthough there are challenges, this should not be an excuse to be swayed by corruption or be indolent and unpatriotic but rather, we should be resolute in addressing the challenges and remain undauntedâ€.
The Head of Civil Service assured that hardworking. Civil servants will be recognized and awarded to motivate all workers adding that the vision of the federal civil service is inextricably tied to the Agenda of the president which he said is to provide service to everybody and a service where integrity, discipline and merit are the order of the day.
Secretary to the Commission, Professor S. Monye in his address said the workshop is being organized to allow ministries/department and Agencies to present their input into the national Vision 20:2020 document.
The vision 20:2020 document is to be launched by President Umaru Yarâ€™adua by October 1st this year.