The Academic Staff Union of Universities has demanded the immediate sack of the National Information Technology and Development (NITDA) Director-General, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa.
The union based its request on Inuwa’s submission that University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) had failed the integrity test conducted by NITDA, thereby could not be adopted as a salary payment platform.
The Coordinator of ASUU, Akure Zone, Prof. Olu-Olu spoke at a press briefing jointly addressed by the ASUU chairman in the zone at the Ekiti State University’s campus Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Olu-Olu said the claim was a calculated attempt by some agents of the government to frustrate the adoption of UTAS which he described as a credible and trusted salaries payment platform that captures the inherent peculiarities in the country’s university system.
He said, “It’s quite ridiculous that the NITDA in an earlier integrity test conducted on UTAS had written a report scoring it 99.3% but as the stakeholders in the educational sector are awaiting the report, Inuwa in his usual characteristic and mischievous manner went on air to destroy the report contrary to what reportedly scored.
“In a saner clime, this alone is enough to warrant his removal from office but the way he keeps galvanizing on the corridor of power is suggestive of acting a script by the sworn enemies of the masses and students.
“The question Nigeria should ask Kashifu Inuwa, the DG of NITDA is why the highly exorbitant IPPIS was not subjected to the same integrity test as UTAS and yet was imposed on the Nigerians with all its objectionable features.
“And Nigerians should demand to know whose interest Inuwa is serving as we strongly believe he cannot be serving the interest of the Nigerian masses without a listening ear. One wonders the number of brawn like Inuwa littering government offices.”
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