On March 9, 2021, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh (secretary-general of the presidency of the republic) sent a letter to the secretary-general of the Prime Minister’s office informing that the President was concerned about the chronic absenteeism in the civil service.
The letter explains that some servants work only a few days per month to avoid being branded as unauthorized absentees while some others seek shelters far from their posting stations when they are posted in remote areas.
Given the seriousness of the problem, the President of the Republic asked the Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute, to convene an urgent meeting of the High Council to take measures against such unlawful practices.
But before that meeting, the prime minister, as well as competent ministries and administrative authorities are invited to take precautionary measures to ensure civil servants who are repeatedly absent from their posts are systematically reported and disciplinary sanctions provided by law applied.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Public Service and Administrative Reform (Minfopra) should ensure the regular organization of Regional Disciplinary Councils.
This is the first time that the Higher Council of the Civil Service, created by decree of the Prime Minister on September 13, 2000, will meet. That council aims to examine general issues related to the civil service, particularly draft text relating to the situation of civil servants or their rights and obligations. It also rules on appeals lodged by civil servants who are dismissed for professional incompetence.