Do You Know How Much Biya’s Ministers Earn in a Month?

Cameroon Journal, Yaounde, April 25 – 

An investigation carried out by The Guardian Post newspaper has unveiled the mouth-watering monthly salaries of Cameroon’s members of government. According to the investigation, a sitting minister in Cameroon earns at least 10 MFCFA a month.

This amount excludes undefined recompenses; kick-backs (running into hundreds of millions) ministers receive in shady deals and award of contracts.  All these gains put together indicate that an ordinary minister in Cameroon earns by far, more than the current French President; whose monthly salary is just a little above 9 MFCFA.

 Paul Biya

According to official figures, a Minister of State earns FCFA 794.651 while an ordinary minister receives a pay package of FCFA 679.297. Secretaries of State get FCFA 583.328 and the Delegate General for the gendarmerie and the police earn FCFA 546.798.

However, in addition to what they officially earn, the benefits which Cameroonian ministers are entitled to, can see them smiling home with up to 10MFCFA every month. Housing and transportation benefits add up to FCFA 790.000, while quarterly payment for undefined charges can amount to 30MFCFA; depending also on the weight of the ministries they run. Cameroonian ministers, we gathered, are entitled to 10% of all public contracts awarded by their respective ministries.

In addition, ministers are entitled to yearly car budget of up to 80 MFCFA. According to normal practice in Cameroon, a minister can buy his three-year old car (initially bought with state money at the cost of 80MFCFA) at the paltry sum of 5MFCFA or even less!

It is worth mentioning that while Cameroonian ministers are swimming in affluence at the expense of the ordinary; a vast majority of who can barely manage a meal a day, the French government recently reduced the pay package of their ministers by 30%.

While the World Bank and other international financial bodies are putting pressure on Cameroon to reduce the current salaries and advantages of ministers, the members of government on their part are reportedly grumbling that what they earn as salaries and compensations are far below “the workload” on their tables.

Another shocking result of the investigation was in the area of award of contracts. It emerged from our findings that most ministers run ghost companies to which they award juicy contracts. Those who are afraid to be caught in the anti-corruption web, create companies and place their relatives and numerous girl friends at the helm. Such are the companies that are often paid huge sums of money for uncompleted contracts or contracts that are not executed at all.

In the face of the high-level corruption in the award and execution of public contracts, the trumpeted anti-corruption units in ministries would have been the first to blow the alarm. But they cannot do it since they are appointed by the same individuals who are spear-heading corrupt practices?  

 By Mbom Sixtus, April 25, 2014


One Response to “Do You Know How Much Biya’s Ministers Earn in a Month?”

  1. And they think is only in Niaja they have corruption! Hmmmm

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