According to Reports reaching Oyogist.com, the Minister for Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said the integrity test being evaluated on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAs) software, as proposed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, would last between six and eight months.
Ngige further explained that there was no provision for the UTAS in the 2021 Budget, thus the Government lack the funding for the hardware.
“I am waiting for the NITDA’s full report. The preliminary report they gave me shows the software integrity test will take them about six to eight weeks and after that, we go to the hardware.
“But the big issue is, who will provide the hardware?“ASUU does not have the finances to do so. Has the government budgeted for it now as we speak? So, that one is a major problem. But we don’t have to dissuade anybody, we don’t have to tell anybody not to carry on, we like local content development, we need our things to be home grown. So, we are really encouraging them,” Ngige said.