Cameroon – Retirement: 10,000 civil servants saved by the decree of Paul Biya


They rejoice and bless the President of the Republic who has just fulfilled the promise he made to them on November 6, 2018, when he was sworn in before the national representation for a new seven-year term at the head of Cameroon.

By Essingan

On December 30, the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, decided to harmonize the retirement age for government staff and agents. “This is a salutary and very strong measure that has been taken by the President of the Republic. In a simple way, he wanted to put an end to a kind of inequity in the management of public officials where we had a civil service at several speeds with almost identical entry conditions, while those of exit were not. . What should be remembered is that, senior management staff in categories A and B and from 8th to 12th will go to 60 years of age and current operational staff and major subordination of categories C and D and from 7th to 1st category will go to 55 years old ”, declared the director of career management at the Ministry of the Civil Service and Administrative Reform (Minfopra), Hervé Brice Dikoumé Batindi, on 04 January 2021.

For the senior official, this decision by the head of state targets « performance at the same time as it is an economic measure. Performance because the public administration was separating from its staff when the latter were at the height of their experience and skills « . To this end, Hervé Brice Dikoumé Batindi affirms that « those who retired at 55 were absorbed, either by companies or private or parastatal enterprises, or else returned as consultants for services within the administration. Which cost more because you had to pay for these services at their fair price.  » According to sources at Minfopra, 10,000 have been rescued from the waters of the retreat. This is why they emphatically welcome the presidential text which they say was made public at the right time.


The other economic fact in the harmonization of retirements of civil service personnel is also the extension of the contribution period of active personnel, which it should be noted, contribute for those already in retirement. This question was already asked four years ago by the civil service staff unions. In accordance with the special civil service statute, civil servants in categories C and D retired at age 50, those in categories A and B at 55, unless there was a special exemption. As for non-civil servant staff, they went into retirement at 50, for decision-makers (up to 6th category), 55 for contractual staff in 7th to 9th category, and 55 for contractual executives. When the statute was applied to all, the problem did not arise.

However, we have been witnessing for some time a proliferation of special statutes. With the common denominator, a longer retirement than that provided for by the general statute of the Civil Service. By way of illustration, secondary school teachers retire at 60 instead of 55, those over 60 for lecturers, 65 for lecturers and teachers. One of the arguments that prevailed when a special statute was drawn up for secondary school teachers was that vocations had to be created in order to fill the shortage of educators in high schools and colleges. In principle, no more extensions enjoyed by certain officials, unlike their promoters, and others who did not enjoy certain decision-making privileges.

Two decrees, one from the President of the Republic and the other from the Prime Minister have increased by 5 years the number of years of work that will now be done by civil servants and workers in the central public administration in Cameroon. « The retirement age of civil servants is, as of January 1, 2021, harmonized at sixty (60) years for staff in categories A and B and at fifty-five (55) for staff in categories C and D ”, can we read of the presidential text which is of immediate application. Both documents speak of a harmonization of the retirement age of civil servants, but it is more of a simple increase in the number of years of work of those affected by these two measures.

Also, this increase in the number of years of work does not concern all employees of the public administration. The text signed by the president refers to a modification of the general statute of the public service. This status does not apply to personnel recruited and managed directly by the National Assembly, agents of local public authorities, parastatal organizations and public establishments of an administrative, cultural, scientific, industrial and commercial nature who do not have the status of civil servant. . Nor the auxiliaries of the Administration, magistrates, soldiers, and officials of the National Security and the Prison Administration, whose careers are governed by texts. The two decrees, however, only solve part of the problem.

Indeed, the way pensions are calculated has not changed much in years. Contributing more by working more years should not allow them to live much better. For this, officials also nourish the dream of seeing soon, an upgrading of their salary situation.

Urgent !

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