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ASUU meets over strike as test on UTAS continues

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called a National Executive Council meeting for Sunday at its National Secretariat at the University of Abuja main campus.

A statement by the Union says the meeting will evaluate the response of the Federal Government to its demands.

In essence, ASUU is expected to use the NEC meeting to decide whether or not to declare an indefinite strike after the end of its one-month warning strike declared on February 14.

ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke confirmed the meeting 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 has been no breakthrough in negotiations.

Professor Osodeke had described the government’s offers at the said meetings as “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 to call 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 ongoing.

In a statement signed by Professor Osodeke, ASUU asked the Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency(NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, to stop making comments “capable of jeopardising the joint ongoing testing of UTAS between the NITDA Technical Team and its counterpart in our Union”.

The union warned that if the NITDA 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 delay.

Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor