Professor Ransford Gyampo, a political science lecturer at the University of Ghana (UG), has denied allegations leveled against him after he was cited in the “sex for grades” investigations carried out by BBC Africa Eye.
In an interview with Citi News, Professor Gyampo said, the video is aimed at tarnishing his image by some session of Ghanaian politicians adding that, his lawyers have convinced him to pursue legal action.
“You’ve [interviewer] also seen the video, have you seen anything called sex for grades? How can you engage in so-called sex for grade relationship with somebody who is not a student in the first place?.”
He added, “I had criticised a political party and they felt putting sexual allegations on me was a way of shutting me up. I’ve always said that the worst a politician can do is kill me but even with that, I’m not scared to die.
”I am reliably informed that somebody has paid them to do this…otherwise, what is the sense in this. Not that I went to sleep with her or I went fondle her or I went to touch her. I didn’t do anything of that sort… If it is truly sexual harassment then the person involved must be my student”
According to Prof. Gyampo, the girl wanted him to be her mentor and help with a paper on academic freedom in tertiary education.
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.
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.