The chairwoman, Sexual Harassment Committee of the University of Ghana [UG], Dr. Margaret Amoakohene, has dismissed sex-for-grades allegations against two of the institution’s lecturers, saying there were no evidence supporting the claims.
WuzupNigeria reports that the BBC had released an investigative video indicting two UG lecturers, Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor, over sexual harassment of students.
Gyampo is the Head of European Studies at the university while Butakor is a lecturer at the UG’s College of Education. Both lecturers were captured in compromising situations with undercover journalists who had posed as students of the University.
Dr Butakor is seen in the video begging the “student” to be her “side boy” while Gyampo proposed marriage to the “student” who was seeking academic favours.
But Dr. Margaret Amoakohene dismissed the allegations in the video, insisting there is not enough evidence in it to back the sex for grades claims against the two lecturers.
She said though the university frowns on the conduct of the two lecturers, the evidence does not point to the allegation.
“Per the analysis on the video, there’s no direct correlation between lecturers conduct and the allegations made by the video. The evidence does not point to sex for grade. When we talk of sex for grade, we didn’t see much involvement of the lecturers of the university of Ghana,” she told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday,” she said
“Our VC wrote to the BBC for their evidence, they declined and asked that we wrote to their legal department and we will do that today. Whether the BBC agrees or not, what we saw in the video constitutes gross misconduct and so the two of them are subject of investigations and then we can establish their level of culpability”.
Meanwhile, Gyampo has vowed he would sue the BBC over the documentary. He alleged his political detractors are behind the video.
“While I prepare to sue the BBC for carrying out the most bogus and unprofessional piece of documentary in the world so far, I wish to remind them that Ghana and for that matter, Africa, has long thrown out the yoke of colonialism.
“We are an independent continent with our own institutions that can handle internal matters. There cannot be much talk about strengthening institutions when they are blatantly prevented from doing their work by needless intruders like the BBC. The University of Ghana where I teach has credible outfit and mechanisms for dealing with matters of harassment. Why did the BBC refuse to encourage the one harassed to report the matter? Sexual harassment is also a criminal matter. Why has the BBC refused to report the matter?”.