Asuu Maintain Their Stand Concerning Ongoing Strike
Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, President of ASUU said while being interviewed that; “The Academic Staff Union University (ASUU), couldn’t call off strike because it’s waiting on federal government to conduct test known as UTAS on University transparency and accountability solution”
UTAS (University Transparency and Accountability Solution) is the payment platform set up by ASUU in place of government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
Prof., Ogunyemi said “The integrity test will be handled by NITDA, it is government that will facilitate it because NITDA is a government agency and unless you get clearance from the government, that test cannot be conducted.”
While asking if the federal government would accept UTAS or not, Ogunyemi said, “We are still talking, we have given them the position of our members, and we are thinking we should be able to hold a meeting this week if they have not changed plans. The meeting for Monday was postponed. In principal, they have accepted UTAS and told us to go for the test, and on our part, we have started the process. We 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, all stakeholders have witnessed the presentation and the next stage of integrity test is what we are moving in to. If government facilitates it, it is not something that should drag for too long at all. We don’t foresee any problem with UTAS; it also depends on how early the government makes it possible for the integrity test to be conducted.”
President Ogunyemi concluded that ASUU doesn’t any problem for dragging this for too long if only the federal government can be transparent and sincere on their part towards ASUU.
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