The five-member fact-finding committee chaired by Justice (retd)
Vida Akoto-Ampofo, constituted by the management of the University of
Ghana to look into allegations of sexual harassment has submitted its
report to the Vice-Chancellor of the University.
The committee submitted the
report to Prof. Ebenezer Oduro-Owusu on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
“Management will therefore
study the report and ensure the implementation of the recommendation using the
appropriate adjudicative processes stipulated under the basic law and policies
of the university,” Prof Oduro-Owusu said.
Speaking at the 2019
Congregation Ceremony for graduates in the College of Humanities undergraduate
programme, the Vice-Chancellor also announced that in response to the ongoing
discussion on how to tackle sexual harassment issues, the Center for Gender
Studies and Advocacy (CENGENSA) has been tasked to lead a process to develop a
training programme to educate members of the university community on what
“Once the framework is
developed, it is proposed that training will be available in both online and in
other formats and will also be extended to students. We are counting on
CENGENSA to consult widely and come up with a training programme that is
suitable to the University of Ghana and which will deal, decisively with the
issues relating to sexual harassment,” he said.
BBC Africa Eye published a documentary that alleged that two lecturers at the University of Ghana,
Prof. Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Butakor, sexually harassed female reporters
that posed as students of the university.
The two respected lecturers
were among three lecturers who were captured in the “Sex for Grades” exposé
intended to call out lecturers who allegedly sexually harass students in
exchange for better grades.
Prof Gyamp and Dr Butakor have
since been interdicted.