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ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Emmanuel Osodeke, has blasted the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Kashifu Inuwa, for saying that the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), created by ASUU in lieu of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System for the payment of university lecturers, has failed an integrity test.

Osodeke, in a statement on Sunday, accused Inuwa of deliberately misinforming members of the public in order to discredit ASUU in the ongoing strike.

Osodeke also invited the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, as well as the NITDA boss to a public debate over the integrity of UTAS.

The statement read in parts, “The one-month roll-over strike by our union on February 14, 2022, has entered its fourth week. During this period, we have been having engagements with the government over the contending issues that necessitated the action. One of the contending issues is the deployment of the UTAS, which is a robust software created by the ASUU technical group to manage personnel and payroll in the university system.

“The Federal Government had referred UTAS to NITDA to conduct user acceptance test and vulnerability test assessment and penetration test prior to the final deployment. The process, which commenced on Thursday, March 3, is still ongoing.

“This press statement is necessitated by the need for ASUU to put the records straight on the grounds already covered in our patriotic struggle to get the government to deploy UTAS as a suitable solution for salary payment.

“Of special concern is the statement credited to both the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and the Director-General of NITDA to the effect that UTAS had failed the integrity test. Let us put it on record that an integrity test was carried out by NITDA on August 10, 2021, in the NUC, where relevant government agencies and all the end-users in the university system were present.”

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“At the end of the exercise, all without exception expressed satisfaction with UTAS. This was attested to the effect that UTAS scored 85 per cent in the User Acceptance Test.”

VANTAGE NEWS can confirm that there was a National Executive Committee meeting of the union held on Sunday to discourse the way forward as the industrial action embarked by the union enters its fourth week.

A president of the union in one of the federal universities in the southern part of the country told our correspondent that the union would have no choice but to embark on a full-blown indefinite strike over the inability of the government to do anything tangible to meet its demands.

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