THE Academic Staff Union of Universities has said the National University Commission has the framework for warehousing the University Transparency Accountability Solution software .
UTAS is the platform created by ASUU as an alternative to the Federal Government’ s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System .
The Chairman of ASUU , Prof . Abiodun Ogunyemi, made this known in an interview with newsmen while reacting to the statement by the Minister of Labour and Employment , Senator Chris Ngige , that the Federal Government did not make provision for the procurement of UTAS hardware in the budget .
Ngige had also claimed that if the software passed the integrity test being conducted by the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency , the university teachers did not have the needed fund to procure the necessary hardware for its implementation .
Ogunyemi said , “ As for the so- called hardware and the issue about warehousing the software , I ’ m surprised that Senator Ngige has forgotten that we reached an understanding that NUC would provide the data centre . The commission already has a framework for doing so through the NgREN . ”
Ogunyemi also expressed dissatisfaction at Ngige ’s position that the integrity test being conducted on UTAS would take six to eight weeks .
“ We suspect that Senator Ngige was magnifying the issues to sway public opinion against ASUU .
The truth is that the integrity test is already at an advanced stage . If all concerned are conscientious about it , the whole process of integrity test can be completed within the next one week . So, I only said three weeks to allow for bureaucratic bottlenecks that we see in the civil service . ”