The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Biodun Ogunyemi, has said the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) can be ready in three weeks if the Federal Government (FG) is committed and ready to use the payment platform recommended by the union.
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led FG had informed ASUU to embrace the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) pending when UTAS would be ready for use in the universities.
Despite the directive by the FG, Ogunyemi told The Punch, that there was no need to transit to IPPIS since UTAS could be ready in at most three weeks if the government is ready to use the payment platform.
He said that what is left for UTAS to be fully operational is to pass integrity test already started with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
Ogunyemi, who revealed that the union have submitted documents to NITDA, also stated that the final stages of the process can be concluded within three weeks if the government demonstrates sufficient goodwill and support.
He accused the government of not focusing on making the UTAS ready but rather insisting that there is a transition.
The ASUU chief wondered the platform that the government used to pay some members that are not on IPPIS last week.
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