Sex for grades: Prof Gyampo denies allegations; vows to sue

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The Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana who has been cited in a sex-for-grade allegation has denied any wrongdoing.

Professor Ransford Gyampo, a Political Science luminary, said Monday he is the target of a vile agenda to tarnish his image, insisting he does not do ‘sex for grades.’

“I had criticised a political party and they felt putting sexual allegations on me was a way of shutting me up.”

He added, “I’ve always said that the worst a politician can do is kill me but even with that, I’m not scared to die.”

He told JoyNews he will soon embark on a legal campaign to clear his name.

“I have a lot to say about this matter. But I am suing the BBC for defamation tomorrow, so I will keep some of the facts to myself for now,” he wrote in a statement issued Monday and published in full below.

BBC Africa Eye documentary

The documentary in which the respected Lecturer was cited in was commissioned the BBC Africa Eye.

The investigative journalism network explains the documentary is in response to allegations of sexual harassment by lecturers that have hovered over tertiary institutions.

After initial interviews, BBC Africa Eye sent undercover journalists posing as students inside the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.

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The lead reporter in the exposé, Kiki Mordi, said she was also a victim of sexual harassment when she was in school.

The BBC said its female reporters were “sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers at the institutions” while they were wearing secret cameras.

The bulk of the excerpt released spent time in the University of Lagos and one of its lecturers alleged attempts to proposition a student seeking admission into the school.

A lecturer at the University’s College Of Education, Dr Paul Kwame Butakor, was also indicted in the investigative piece.

He has also denied the claims.

It is expected that more lectures will be implicated in the exposé.

Read Prof Gyampo’s statement as posted on his Facebook page

Good Afternoon Folks,
1. I have been counselled to be silent on a matter of entrapment masterminded by a certain unscrupulous people, with the aid of BBC (African Eye) against me.

2. Unfortunately, my students this afternoon also insisted that I say something to clear the air. I am grateful to them for the support they showed  me this afternoon. I am grateful to all my friends for the numerous phone calls and messages to show solidarity. For my haters who were expecting to see a worst video, and actually texted to rejoice over what they think is going to be my downfall, I forgive them

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3. I  have a lot to say about this matter. But I am suing the BBC for defamation tomorrow, so I will keep some of the facts to myself for now.

4. Let me state however, that I have not involved myself in the BBC’s so-called sex for grades and will never do so. Their own video documentary evidence could not establish this. I am aware of my University’s Sexual Harassment Policy and I have always adhered to its dogmas.

5. The lady involved in my informal conversation, was not my student and she wasnt also a student from the University of Ghana where I teach. I therefore cannot decipher how I could manipulate the grade of a non-student. The BBC ignored all her contributions to our conversation. They ignored all her messages she sent to me. They ignored my objections and letters written to refute their allegations. They also edited the video to suit their purpose.

6. 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.

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7. 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 refused 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?

8. I am aware of those behind this, just for the purposes of gagging me. But I wish to assure them that I remain Yaw Gyampo. I wont be silenced. Their worst may be to kill me. But in as much as I love my family, I wont be scared to die in the course of keeping regimes on their toes, without malice, just for the purposes of shaping our governance landscape.

I have not engaged in any so-called sex for grades and I will stay true to my calling in doing my best for God, students and country.

Yaw Gyampo
A31, Prabiw
PAV Ansah Street
Saltpond

&
Suro Nipa House
Kubease
Larteh-Akuapim

 

SOURCE: myjoyonline.com

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