ASUU president in an interview with Punch reveals the strike was yet to be called off because they’re waiting for the government to accept and conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
“The integrity test will be handled by NITDA ( National Information Technology Development Agency) then government will facilitate it, agency and unless you get clearance from the government that test cannot be conducted.
“We are still talking, we have given them position of our members, we are thinking we should be able to conduct a meeting this week if they have not changed plans. The meeting for Monday was postponed. They have accepted UTAS and told us to go for the test, on our part, we have commenced on the process. We 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 other stakeholders were present, including NITDA, all stakeholders have witnessed the presentation and the next level of integrity test is what we are moving in to. If government facilitates it, it is not something that should delay for too long. We don’t foresee any problem with UTAS; it also depends on how fast the government makes it possible for the integrity test to be conducted.”
The Professor however revealed the lecturers under the aegis of ASUU are ready to resume as soon as government responds to their demands.
“Our members are ready to resume work immediately, that’s if government is ready to play its part. I’m sure you are not concluding that our members should resume on empty stomach or the strike should be suspended without any acceptable action on the side of the government. We don’t like to stay away from our work because we like our students, they are also our children.
We don’t have issue with going back to work, but we want more action on the side of government.
“We have not seen enough reasons to believe that they don’t mean what they are telling us but as soon as we see any sign to that. we will tell Nigerians”.