A civil society, Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative (TADI), has appealed to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to go back to the drawing board to address all areas of risks and vulnerabilities which are responsible for the rejection of its payment platform- the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
The organisation made the appeal in a joint statement signed by its Executive Director, Yomi David and Director, Public Relations, Adeniran Taiwo yesterday in Abuja.
While the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said UTAS failed its integrity test, the university lecturers insisted that the platform scored more than 70 per cent on the test conducted by NITDA.
But, yesterday, the civil society, during a press conference addressed by Adeniran, urged the leadership of ASUU to exercise the best academic professionalism which adores excellence and standardisation as its core values in the pursuit of deployment of UTAS in universities.
“It is our earnest appeal to ASUU and its members to go back to the drawing board to address all areas of risks and vulnerabilities which are responsible for the UTAS rejection,” Adeniran said.
Reacting to a recent publication credited to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ABTU) Bauchi State branch of ASUU on the development and deployment of UTAS and the recommendation of NITDA on the said solution which led to its eventual rejection by the Federal Government, Adeniran appealed to ASUU to embrace competence and due process.
“These misconceptions were generated with ill-intention to bring NITDA and ASUU, that have enjoyed much developmental and collaborative partnership cum synergy, to a halt,” he said.