The loss of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last general elections few months ago seem to have affected the party financially as it is set to reduce its work force by 50%.
Punch reports that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has concluded plans to sack half of its workforce.
Towards this end, National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, has communicated the decision of the NWC to all its directors.
Oladipo made the party’s decision known via a memo yesterday, which was directed to “all directors and PS/DD/HOD/SAs/PAs and Establishment Staff” of the party in Abuja.
It was titled “Re-organisation and restructuring of staff at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party.”
Oladipo said the report “on the reorganisation and restructuring of staff at the national secretariat” and decisions was approved at the latest NWC meeting.
He also said the salaries and allowances of those to be left behind would also be cut by as much as 50 per cent. The decisions of the NWC includes, “reduction of the allowance of all NWC members by 50 per cent and reduction in the number of security personnel attached to the national officers by 50 per cent.”
Other include “reduction of the salaries and allowances of all staff (Establishment and Staff of NWC members) by 50 per cent, effective August, 2015.
“Abolition of Research Directorate and transfer of its functions to the Peoples Democratic Institute.”
He added that “Establishment staff who would remain are required to obtain individual letter of revalidation from their state chapters within one month of this circular as to their suitability for service at the national secretariat.”
A source within the party said the “party lacks transparency and proper accountability.” Investigations also revealed that the decision was actually taken about a month ago by its NWC.
A senior staff of the party, who spoke on the issue but didn’t want to be named said, “We are in trouble in this party. The NWC members are lords unto themselves.
“There is no one to control them and the finances of the party. They have paid themselves several allowances. Even during the last Sallah break, they took money.
“But because we demanded for our furniture allowance, see the memo they gave us. The idea behind this is to sack us and then they will bring in their cronies.”