Burkina Faso: CIFOEB lifts the veil on ministers' salaries

Published Feb. 16, 2021, 1:22 p.m. by Tegawende Ouedrago

The Center d'Information et de Formation et d'Etude sur le Budget (CIFOEB) presented, this Friday, February 12, 2021 in Ouagadougou, the results of its analysis on the salary cost of members of the government and the budgetary implications from 2016 to 2021.

“The result is final. Only 6 ministers have a monthly salary in accordance with the decree on 20 ministers of the Thieba III government ”, explained the executive director of CIFOEB, Youssouf Ouattara, this Friday, February 12, 2021.
This analysis, according to Youssouf Ouattara, was based on Decree No. 2008-891 / PRES / PM / MEF on the remuneration of the Prime Minister, the presidents of institutions and members of the government. It is within this framework that the CIFOEB used the salary information of 20 ministers of the Thieba III government to verify whether "the decree has been respected or flouted".

"The text is there, but we act differently"

Youssouf Ouattara, Executive Director of CIFOEB
"With this decree, we are supposed to know the remuneration situation of members of the government, we should have this transparency and it is this lack of transparency that challenges us," said Youssouf Ouattara. The citizens, in this sense, have the right to know how the financial resources of the country are managed, continued the executive director of CIFOEB.

Youssouf Ouattara did not fail to point out some difficulties they face in collecting information, especially with regard to pay slips. “The ballot is secret, but the wages that are paid to public officials and servants of the state should not be secret information. That’s why the texts are there to govern them. The text is there, but we are acting differently, "lamented the study director.

It was then for the CIFOEB, through this exercise, to deduct the average salary received by members of the government from the current regime. Thus, an evaluation on the basis of data of the average real salary of the 20 ministers was made. And "the average real salary is 2,226,386 F CFA, or an average overpayment of 1,068,886 F CFA compared to the norm," the director still reports. "Our interest, the director suggested, is to highlight this inconsistency."

From this analysis, the CFOEB shows that the monthly salary cost of the DABIRE II government will be 39,573,000 FCFA if the decree is respected. Otherwise, this cost would be 75,915,133 FCFA if we take into account the average monthly salary served to members of previous governments. From the two (02) pieces of information, a monthly difference of 36,342,133 FCFA would emerge, i.e. an annual variation of 436,105,590 FCFA.

"A total overpayment of 846 557 910 F for the 2 years of management"

“Regarding all the ministers of all governments, from 2016 to 2020, the salary overpayment of the Thieba I government was 397,625,685 CFA francs. The overpayment for Thieba I and II amounts to 423,278,955 FCFA for each of the two governments. The same goes for the Dabiré I government, a total overpayment of 846,557,910 F for the 2 years of management, 2019 and 2020, ”said Youssouf Ouattara.

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