Auditors from the Supreme State Control have descended to the National Social Insurance Fund, CNPS, Cameroon Intelligence Report has learnt from a well-placed source in Yaoundé, the nation’s capital. Rumor had circulated recently about a possible state control of the fund.
Our source hinted that a group of 12 financial experts led by a state inspector visited the CNPS head office in Yaoundé but did not audit the General Manager or any other individual. We gathered the inspectors did examine but the structure and recruitment process of the fund.
Noel Alain Olivier Mekulu Mvondo Akame, the General Manager of the National Social Insurance Fund reportedly informed his staff before the arrival of the audit team and cautioned them to be transparent and to continue working as usual.
The audit was prompted following reports that the organizational chart of the fund was still falling short of national and international standard. It was revealed that the body still had an accountant whereas the company should be endowed with a Finance Department, in accordance with the provisions of the Inter-African Social Welfare Conference to which Cameroon has adhered.
Cameroon is the only country not respecting this standard. The General Manager promised the inspectors that CNPS was going to comply with the international rules and regulations. Insiders say constant infighting between the GM of the fund and the accountant has often undermined the atmosphere of the body.
The General Manager and the Accountant have been at war ever since (He) Noel Alain Olivier Mekulu was appointed to head the fund. Mekulu and his deputy including his board chairman have been sidelined by the powerful accountant with strong links at the presidency of the republic.
The General Manager of CNPS is entitled to a single vehicle worth 60 million FCFA and 500 liters of fuel per month. The GM is also has a private hotel leased worth CFAF 4.2 million per year and CFAF 900,000 for the monthly payment of invoices. However, Noel Alain Olivier Mekulu Akame ever since his appointment has been denied these privileges and is the least paid general manager in Sub Saharan Africa.
By Sonne Peter