Journal of
Public Administration and Policy Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Adm. Policy Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2480
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPAPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 151

Full Length Research Paper

Recreating government: Entrepreneurship and proverbs in public administration

Lema Catherine Forje
Department of Economics and Management, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, University of Buea, P. O. Box 63, South West Region, Cameroon Republic. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 10 February 2010
  •  Published: 31 December 2010



Corruption in the Cameroon public service is beyond any language to describe. As people gasp for speech, they use proverbs to express the situation. Civil servants stroll in and out their offices. Work time is set by government from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. The people set their own time as they think fit. It was observed that half the working population start work at 9:00 am and leave offices at 2:30 pm instead of 3:30 pm. There is need for a change of work attitudes. Entrepreneurship though intimately associated with the business world cuts across all walks of life and provides knowledge/skills that can ameliorate shortcomings in public administration. Equally, proverbs stimulate creative thinking. Our forefathers used them to expand knowledge and foster understanding of issues. Knowledge, wisdom and inspirations can be drawn from proverbs and entrepreneurship to improve public administration. The aim of this study is to investigate how entrepreneurship and proverbs can be used to improve public administration. Data was gathered through face to face interview conducted with selected elders and administrators in Cameroon. Data is analysed qualitatively. The study concludes that entrepreneurship and proverbs can ameliorate the poor situation in the public administration.


 Key words: Entrepreneurship, proverbs, improvement, public administration.