A Non-Government Organization, NGO Known as Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative (TADI), has dragged ASUU, The Academic Staff Union of Universities to the amend the area where it home made payment platform, University Transparency Accountability Solution,UTAS needs amendments.
According to the statement released by the NGO executive director and director of public relations, Yomi David and Adeniran Taiwo of the TADI.
Recall that the NITDA had informed the public that the ASUU’s proposed platform failed to pass integrity test.
However, TADI reacting to the issue surrounding the UTAS urged ASUU Union to recheck it payment platform proposed software and make the necessary adjustments for excellent performance before it should be approved by the government.
In the statement, reads “It should be noted that NITDA has a constitutional right as the only agency with the mandate to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardisation, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of information technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria,” the statement reads.
“In 2016, the agency issued Software Testing and Quality Assurance Framework and Guideline and furthermore, Section 10 of the Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT, 2019 provides detailed guidelines and expectations for Indigenous Software Development and Software Enabled Products and Services.
“Therefore, the rule of law and due process should not be jettisoned in the bid to get better service solutions for our university system. The testimonial of competence of NITDA in discharging her vital constitutional role over the years speaks for itself with the level of NITDA’s commitment and professionalism exhibited in carrying out its responsibilities.
“Several other indigenous software solution patents have enjoyed the verification and certification process through these quality assurance guidelines as stipulated by NITDA.
“It should be noted that quality assurance testing of any product is done to ensure the delivery of a high-quality end product and assures that the product is glitch-free before it is released. In view of this, we found out that the agency had to carry out 3 out of the 8 tests specified in the Software Testing and Quality Assurance Framework and Guideline.
“These tests are User Acceptance Test (UAT), Stress Test, and Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Test (VAPT) in which a total of 687 test cases were generated with which 529 passed, 156 failed and 2 cautionary warnings were the outcome. However, this alone reveals that, for a payment solution platform which should be near 100% in default, has several loopholes of high risk vulnerabilities and informational risks that were identified.”
In addition, TADI organization said that the striking lecturers as an academic union are known to comprise personalities of high academic excellence and standards and in line with these, the varsity lecturers should embrace diligence in all actions which it embarks on.
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