Abubakar Hassan Fulata, as the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on University Education, has said the opinion he shared on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) on Wednesday was solely his and not that of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The Member representing Birniwa/Guri/ Kiri Kasama Federal Constituency made this known in a statement following reports attributing his statement to the Speaker.
He said, “My attention has been drawn to media reports in which I, Hon. Abubakar Hassan Fulata, as the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on University Education, spoke at the 3rd International Conference of the Gender Policy Unit, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, and expressed my personal opinion on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.
“However, and unfortunately so, the media attributed my opinion on the need to remove tertiary institutions from IPPIS to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, Ph.D.
“I want to make it categorically clear that I spoke in my personal capacity as a member of the House of Representatives.
“Therefore, my opinion on IPPIS remains mine and not that of the Speaker or any other member of the House for that matter.
“Let me restate that as a member of the House, I am determined to work with my colleagues to improve the welfare of teachers in our tertiary institutions through additional budgetary allocations.
“I shall also work with my colleagues to make sure that education receives a substantial portion of the national budget to meet the United Nations requirement of 26 percent of the national budget.
“Let the media be guided and always attribute comments to appropriate sources.”