The Academic Staff Union Of Universities ASUU, has reacted towards its adopted payment platform, the University Transparency and Accountablilty Solution UTAS. Stating that the verification processes is still on going.
According to ASUU National Chairman , Emmanuel Osodeke via a press statement released today ,13th March ,2022. It reads in part.
“The one-month roll-over strike declared by our Union on 14th February, 2022, has
entered the 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 University Transparency and Accountability
Solution (UTAS) which is a robust software created by ASUU Technical group to
manage personnel and payroll in the university system. The Federal Government had
referred UTAS to NITDA (National Information Technology Development Agency) to
conduct User Acceptance Test (UAT) and Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration
Test (VAPT) prior to the final deployment. The process, which started on
Thursday, 3rd March, 2022, is still on-going.
He added ,”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 in our university system. Of particular
concern to us is the statement credited to both the Minister of Communication and
Digital Economy and Director General, NITDA to the effect that UTAS has failed the
integrity test. Let us put it on record that an integrity test was carried out by NITDA on
10th August, 2021 in NUC where important government agencies and all the end-users in
the University system were present. At the end of the exercise, all, without exception,
expressed satisfaction with UTAS as a suitable solution for salary payment in our
“This was attested to by the report coming from NITDA then to the effect
that UTAS scored 85% in User Acceptance Test (UAT
However, in a curious twist of submission, the NITDA Technical Team, after
conducting a comprehensive functionality test came out to say that out of 687 test cases,
529 cases were satisfactory, 156 cases queried, and 2 cases were cautioned. Taking this
report on its face value, the percentage score is 77%. The question that arises from this is
can 77% any known fair evaluation system be categorized as failure? Suffice it to say
here that some observations and questions were raised by NITDA to which UTAS
technical team has to provide clarification.“
The decision to embark on an indefinite strike will be known today ,after the meeting.
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