The fight against corrupt practices in Cameroon, has been observed to be moving in a positive direction by CONAC Chairman Rev. Dr. Dieudonne Massi Gams. He made the remark in Yaounde on September 23.
The report presented on Thursday, revealed that Cameroon lost 17.6 billion FCFA to corrupt practices in 2020. It also stated that 17 Ministerial departments, the 360 councils in the country and some parapublic enterprises failed to submit their 2020 reports to CONAC.
Some of the ills listed include; corruption in the selection of candidates for scholarships to Morocco in the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, some teachers of GHS Elig Esono Yaounde receiving salaries without working, corruption at medium-sized enterprises, Taxation center in Ngaoundere, and malpractices in the rehabilitation of the Garoua International Airport among others.
Despite the challenges, Dr. Dieudonne Massi Gams said there is progress made “The steps are positive. Even if they are little, it is good to be thankful. The population is taking the problem themselves seriously, and certain administrators have started to notice that the fight against corruption concerns them as well, but the road is long. We need that Cameroonians should understand that what does not belong to you, don’t touch” the CONAC Chairman stated.
In order to take the fight to the next level, the corruption watchdog hopes to adopt an anti-corruption law and the setting up of institutions to manage stolen assets.