One of the University of Ghana lecturers implicated in BBC African Eye’s ‘Sex for Grades’ documentary, Prof. Ransford Yaw Gyampo, has pledged to cooperate with the University’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee as it launches an investigation into claims that he sexually harasses female students of the University.
The outspoken lecturer says he is happy that the University has decided to use its own internal mechanisms to handle the matter.
In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, Prof. Yaw Gyampo pledged to cooperate with the committee tasked to investigate the case.
“I’ve received the message and I have accepted it as it is. I have always argued that the University has its own internal mechanisms so I am happy that they used their mechanism to handle this matter. Being asked to step aside, in my view is a fair thing to be told to do. They are going to investigate you so you cannot be the same person at post so I think it is a fair thing to be told to do,” he said
“I accept the decision. I pledge my full cooperation to the committee. They have not invited me but I am sure in a couple of days they will invite me. I will submit myself to the process. Given the fact that the committee of people whose credibility cannot be questioned, I know they will do a good job so that I can have the chance to go and do what I like doing; talking to students and also bringing whatever I have researched to bear on issues of governance and national politics,” he added.
Prof. Gyampo was not the only University of Ghana lecturer captured in the BBC African Eye documentary.
One Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor of the Department of Teacher Education of the School of Education and Leadership, University of Ghana, was accused of sexually harassing female students.
The two would be hauled before the University’s Anti Sexual Harassment Committee to assist with internal investigations.
Although the two have denied any wrongdoing, Management of the University has interdicted them to allow for internal investigations to begin.
In a press release by the University, it stressed that it ‘places great importance on issues of sexual harassment and misconduct, and condemns any of such acts.
“The Business and Executive Committee of the University has taken a decision to interdict Prof. Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor, the two lecturers featured in the documentary to allow for further investigations into the matter. In line with University regulations, the two will be invited by the Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee in the next few days to assist with further investigations into the BBC documentary.”, a statement from the university indicated.
The statement added that ‘while the University of Ghana believes sexual harassment is fundamentally about exploiting power imbalance and voicelessness, we also understand the harmful impact it has on individuals, families and institutions. It is for this reason that the University has taken steps to encourage students and employees to report any form of sexual harassment and misconduct, and has also instituted measures to punish anyone found guilty of the offence.’
The University also assured that it will not shield ‘any employee or student found to have engaged in sexual harassment or misconduct.’
It also assured that it will ‘continue to actively fight against sexual harassment/misconduct, and other acts of indiscipline.’
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor|universnewsroom.com