Cameroon begins cleanup of payroll to remove ghost workers

Cameroon and Chad

Cameroon has embarked on a cleanup of the payroll system in order to remove ghost workers, said Minister of Public Service and Administrative Reform Joseph Le on Tuesday.

After a census of state employees, the government realized it was losing hundreds of millions of dollars to people claiming salaries as state workers, said Le.

Over 8,000 civil servants, suspected to have abandoned work and defrauding the state, will appear before a disciplinary committee to justify their actions, he said.

“The disciplinary procedure could lead to a pay reinstatement in the event of satisfactory results, warning or dismissal. As for the civil servants who shall not comply with our summons in the operation, they will be dismissed from the state public service for desertion of their post of duty,” Le told a media briefing in the capital Yaounde.

“We only need to pay deserving workers,” he added.

In 2018, Cameroon suspended the payment of salaries to 25,000 civil servants who may have died, left the country, abandoned their posts or drawing double salaries but continued to receive payment from the state. Enditem

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