The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said its members are ready to go back to classrooms if the government plays its part by by conducting an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
ASUU created the payment platform, UTAS, as a direct replacement for the rejected Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) created by the government.
In an interview with The Punch, ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi stated that what is holding the union from calling off the 7-month long strike is because the government is yet to give clearance to National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to conduct integrity test on UTAS.
He also revealed that the government has accepted the UTAS in principle, adding that the government directed the union to go for test, a process which they have already started.
Ogunyemi, also said that the union had presented UTAS at three levels, starting with the Ministry of Education, Senate President and members of his team, officials of Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, where all other stakeholders were present, including NITDA, noting that all stakeholders have witnessed the presentation and the next stage of integrity test is what the union is moving in to.
He added that it is not something that should drag for too long if the government facilitates it.