The Peoples Democratic Party National leadership has detected discrepancies in its payroll after an order inviting individuals to collect their salaries in cash.
The National Chairman of the party, worried about the current economic conditions with respect to the huge salary bills decided to investigate the matter, a decision which prompted the move.
According to a management employee who spoke. “Sheriff has started the restructuring of the PDP for efficient and effective performance.
The source added that; “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 payment exercise was reported to have been supervised by the National Chairman himself, ordering the National Treasurer Mr. Buhari Bala, to call the workers by their departments.
Another source 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.
“This order was followed by the national treasurer and some employees of the Finance Department, who assisted him.
“All heads of departments were on the ground to observe the exercise
“So, when a name was called, the person came out and his/her file
was opened for verification before cash was paid to such a worker.
“And at about 6:30pm, the chairman left the hall to attend to other meetings, while the national treasurer continued to call the names of employees.
“In the absence of the national chairman, he called four departments, amongst them were the Youth Department and Security Department.”
The list of Security staffs however was complained to be too lengthy by the national treasurer who later found out that most of the names on the list were those of security personnel who had left the service of the party about two years ago.
Some party members have since called on the National Chairman to investigate the matter, one of them said; “The outcome of what happened on Thursday was an indication that salaries of those ghost workers were being collected by someone over the years.
“Ghost workers were also discovered in the other departments.” The member added.