|Charles Ateba Eyene's name is on the list|
According to officials of the Public Service Ministry, the cleansing is in keeping with instructions from the Prime Minister, Head of government that only civil servants recognised by their user ministries be transferred to the new computerised system.
Chancel Ako Takem, Permanent Secretary of Administrative Reforms in the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms said prior to the development of the new software, ministries submitted lists of their recognised staff in both the central and devolved services, including all those paid by the Ministry of Finance.
The unidentified state employees according to a statement from the Ministry have one week to contact the departments of human resources and those of General Affairs of their various user ministries or have their salaries suspended.
State workers in Cameroon are managed through automated integrated management software known as SIGIPES, which covers civil servants and payroll.
Yet, the country still counts thousands of ‘workers’ who receive salaries, mission allowances and other benefits without being present at their duty posts. Reports say some of the fraudsters had even left the country for greener pastures elsewhere.
The government of Cameroon has conducted several sessions of public service cleansing through a medley of censuses but this has always produced mitigated results.
Ateba Eyene still alive!
Amongst the 10.377 state employees who have to clarify their situation is the late Ateba Eyene Charles Sylvestre. The late vocal political critic who died on February 21, 2014 has also been called to regularize his situation and justify his presence at duty post or have his salary suspended. Like Ateba who is certainly discussing heavenly politics now in the world beyond, the salaries of most deceased state employees have continued passing after their eternal voyage.
The question many critics are asking now is, if that has been the case, who therefore has been collecting these monies and how?
Moreso, I the government claims it has control over it employees, then the demise of especially a public figure like Ateba Eyene that made news around should have been known. Critics say if a dead man can still be receiving his salary, one and a half year after his demise, then it would not be surprising to see those who are still alive, though not at the duty posts nor on mission, yet receive huge sums as salary and mission allowances.
This is just a clear demonstration of the fact that government cannot control its employees, reason why most of them are out of the country for greener pastures, but still paddock in our “red” economy.
By Ndi Eugene Ndi