All entries for Sunday 13 August 2006
August 13, 2006
45,000 'ghost workers' – a tremendous achievement
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!