Written by on March 27, 2022

The National Information Technology Development Agency has said that the University Transparency and Accountability Solution proposed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities has failed to fully pass certain testing and quality assurance requirements.

The agency said this in a statement issued on Saturday in response to media reports on its role in the assessment of UTAS.

In the statement, NITDA affirmed its mandate, which involves creating a framework for evaluation and regulation of information technology practices in Nigeria.

The statement read in part, “In line with its mandate, the agency has been registering indigenous software solutions. Part of the registration process requires that solutions are subjected to tests in line with the requirements of the Software Testing and Quality Assurance Framework and Guideline and the Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT.”

ASUU has been engaging the Federal Government on some issues, such as payment of promotion arrears, earned academic allowance, funding for revitalisation of public Universities, and adoption of UTAS as a payment platform for universities.

NITDA was invited on October 14, 2020, to participate in an interactive session between ASUU, Federal Government and the Legislature.

For the UTAS to be accepted as a payment platform, NITDA was directed to carry out an integrity test on the software.

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