The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has detected ghost workers on its payroll after ordering the workers to line up and collect their salaries in cash.
Investigations by our correspondent showed that the precarious financial situation of the party forced its leadership to take the action.
It was gathered that the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, was worried about the huge salary bill of the workers and decided to take action aiming at ascertaining the actual number of workers at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
Sheriff was said to have inherited about N872m debt when he assumed office about a month ago.
Worried by this, Sheriff was said to have taken members of the National Workers Committee by surprise when on Thursday he directed the workers to get their salaries in cash.
A management employee, who spoke with our correspondent on Sunday, said that they were surprised when they (the workers) were directed to assemble inside the National Executive Committee hall at the national secretariat.
He said, “Sheriff has started the restructuring of the PDP for efficient and effective performance.
“March 24 will ever be a day to remember in our party. On that day, as early as 11am, the NWC and members of staff of the PDP, under the instruction of our national chairman, moved into the conference hall.
“The chairman also joined everyone in the hall. And to the surprise of all, the business of the day was the payment of staff salaries, which was done department after department.
“One after the other, after individual’s physical verification of each file and identity, thereafter you are then paid your salary in cash.”
The exercise was chaired by the national chairman who directed the National Treasurer, Mr. Buhari Bala, to call the workers by their departments.
Another management worker said, “Names of all the workers were called according to their departments and once you heard your name, you would come out to collect your salary by hand.