The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) has called a National Executive Council meeting for Sunday at its National Secretariat at the University of Abuja main campus to evaluate the response of the Federal Government to its demands.
The union is expected to use the NEC meeting to decide whether to declare an indefinite strike after the end of its one month warning strike declared on February 14 at the University of Lagos or not.
ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke confirmed the meeting to the Nations newspaper but refused to give details.
Despite a series of meetings with the Federal Government team led by Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige, there had been no breakthrough in negotiations.
Prof Osodeke had said what the government had offered during those meetings were mere promises which ASUU members are not convinced about.
The ASUU president had said there were no concrete offers from the government to convince the union from calling off the strike.
Meanwhile, ASUU has said the User Acceptance Test (UAT) and Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Test (VAPT) on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) was still on-going.
In a statement by Prof Osodeke, ASUU asked the Director – General of National Information Technology Development Agency(NITDA) Kashifu Inuwa to stop making comments that are capable of jeopardising the joint on-going testing of UTAS between the NITDA Technical Team and its counterpart in our Union.
The union warned that if the DG continued to make comments on UTAS, it would have no choice but to demand that the NITDA Technical Report on UTAS and ASUU’s response be made public to shed more light on the ongoing controversies without further waste of time.
The statement reads: “The one-month roll-over strike declared by our Union on the 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 commenced on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022, is still on-going.
“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 relevant 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 universities. 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% in 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.