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.
According to The Punch, the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, was worried over 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 who was said to have inherited about N872m debt when he assumed office about a month ago, took members of the National Workers Committee by surprise when on Thursday, he directed the workers to get their salaries in cash.
It was gathered that during the payment, it was realized that the security department had the highest number of ghost workers as the names of policemen called were those who had left the service of the PDP immediately after the resignation of the then National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, about two years ago.
The PDP national treasurer Mr. Buhari Bala who spoke to newsmen after the exercise confirmed the action was ordered by the national chairman. He also confirmed that some fictitious names were discovered during the exercise.
It was also gathered that personal staff of past national chairmen, majority of whom had defected to other political parties, were still being paid by the party.
“If this isn’t true, then someone is collecting their salaries without their knowledge. A proper external audit of the members of staff must be conducted. Then the party must investigate those who have been collecting the salaries of these ghost workers,” a source said.
Some of the workers at the national secretariat had called on Sheriff to set up a panel to investigate those behind the scam.
One of the workers who spoke to newsmen said ghost workers were also discovered in the other departments.
“The outcome of what happened on Thursday was an indication that salaries of those ghost workers were being collected by someone over the years” he said.