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Title:Commentary on the special recruitment of young certificate-holders into the public service for the 2011 financial year
Author:Bongyu, Moye Godwin
Periodical:African Administrative Studies (ISSN 0007-9588)
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:public administration
labour recruitment
Abstract:In a presidential instruction, the special recruitment by the public administration of 25,000 graduates was announced to take place in Cameroon in the 2011 fiscal year. In order to determine the rationality of the decision to recruit such a large number of graduates, its legality and opportunity was examined, especially with regard to equal access and the required qualifications. It is suggested that mass recruitment may avoid or reduce various erratic and corrupt means of recruitment, such as favouritism, clientilism, bribery and corruption. The announcement may have been motivated by: 1. a desire to acquiesce the public in a year of elections; 2. rising unemployment and falling living standards; 3. the 'third wind of change' flowing from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. To reinforce government legitimacy recruitment for the civil service, a quota system is used, with quotas stipulated for each province or region. The author maintains that the government must 'avoid mass hiring' in times of prosperity. It should not recruit to fill imaginary future needs. Recruitment should follow an orderly process of planning, staffing approval, position announcement and selection of recruitment strategies. In the end, it is only the future that will determine the rationality of this special recruitment. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]