(Business in Cameroon) - The 4th household survey (ECAM4) carried out by the National Statistics Institute (INS) revealed that corruption is a problem widely spread within the public administration. Survey results showed that 44% of rural population (more than 21 million of people at the time of the survey in 2014) and over 50% of urban population face the problem.
“Overall, 91% of the Cameroonian population (subjective approach) report that police officers or tax officials are involved in corruption. However, it should be noted to put it in perspective that this level of perception of corruption mismatches facts,” the report said.
During the twelve months prior to the survey, INS said, 17% of adults who have been in contact with the administration (almost one in five users) were indeed victims of acts of corruption by indelicate civil servants. Depending on the administration, the level of corruption based on personal experience (facts) is 14.3% for those who have been in contact with the police/gendarmerie and 5.5% for those who have been in contact with the tax authorities.
With regard to anti-corruption fight, 60% of the adult population say they are aware of the existence of an anti-corruption body and 62% say they are aware of the efforts of public authorities in this area.
However, 69% express an unfavorable judgment on the effectiveness of government anti-corruption actions.