45,000 ‘ghost workers’ – a tremendous achievement

13 08 2006

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4785721.stm

This really is staggering:

The authorities in Cameroon have discovered that they are paying civil service salaries to 45,000 employees who do not actually exist. Finance Minister Polycarpe Abah Abah said the fake employees were costing nearly $10m (£5m) a month.

It is just the sheer scale of it which defies belief. This must represent a pretty large proportion of the Cameroon civil service and it therefore seems extraordinary that no–one noticed!

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13 08 2006
Asim Shah

Its not only Cameroon that’s affected by this situation. Uganda and Kenya also have ‘ghost workers’ and ‘mosquito hunters’

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