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Dr Magaret Ivy Amoakohene

Sex for grade: We won’t shield any culpable lecturer – UG

The head of the Anti-sexual Harassment Committee of the University Of Ghana says it will not shield any lecturer found culpable of sexually abusing any student.

Dr Margaret Ivy Amoakohene said the country’s premier university can only investigate when there is proof to go on and not work with rumours. 

“What we intend to do is investigate the matter, follow our processes, and if these gentlemen are found culpable, we recommend appropriate sanctions through the Vice Chancellor,” she told Joy News.  

Two lecturers of the university have been implicated in BBC Africa Eye’s ‘Sex for grade’ documentary.  

Professor Ransford Gyampo, political science lecturer and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor, a lecturer at the Department of Teacher Education of the School of Education and Leadership, were seen in the documentary with students. 

Professor Gyampo has come out to deny allegations he had anything to do with the student. 

Some students of the university want authorities to do more to encourage the reporting of such cases.  

“They must go beyond posting stickers around about zero tolerance for sexual harassment. There needs to be a serious discussion and reevaluation of our social definition,” one of the students told Joy News.

Allaying students fears, the head of the Anti-sexual Harassment Committee said they are not there to shield any lecturer. 

“The university will not say that these are cases that don’t happen…in fact, in our case with the BBC, we wrote to them asking for the evidence they have so we can go on with our investigations. They declined saying they want us to properly apply for it, which we are going to do,” she said.

Dr Ivy Amoakohene said once they get hold of what the BBC has on the two lecturers regarding the documentary, that will be the evidence the University will proceed on.  

Meanwhile, the University of Lagos in Nigeria has suspended the lecturer Boniface Igbeneghu who was also featured in the documentary.

The Four Square Gospel Church where Boniface Igbeneghu is also a pastor has suspended him from all ministerial assignments.

Source: Myjoyonline

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