Sex For Grades: How Nigeria And Ghana Reacted Differently To The Same Issue

Dr Gyampo and Dr Butakor

On Monday, BBC Africa Eye premiered a documentary they called, “Sex For Grades”

In it, we saw how lecturers from the University of Ghana and two more from the University of Lagos, reportedly made inappropriate demands from undercover journalists posing as students on their campuses.

Naturally, the outrage from everyone was intense and lots of people in both countries called for the lecturers to face the music.

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In Nigeria, the response was quite swift.

The University of Lagos did not waste any time at all. It indefinitely suspended Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, who was the ‘star’ of the documentary. He unashamedly made advances at the journalist who was posing as a 17-year-old who was seeking admission into the University.

“Don’t you know you are a beautiful girl? Do you know I am a pastor and I am in my 50s but if I want a girl of 17 years, all I need is a sweet tongue and put some money,” he said

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Unilag authorities did not end there. They went ahead to shut down the ‘Cold Room’ – a place Dr Boniface made reference to, multiple times in the expose, telling the ’17-year-old’ it was where lecturers met to “touch student’s breasts”. The cold room according to the Unilag authorities is in actual fact, a staff club for lecturers and staff of the University only.

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That was not all. The Foursquare church which is a church in Nigeria where Dr Boniface served as a pastor also took no time in releasing an official statement saying they do not condone such “heinous and unscriptural acts” and asked Dr Boniface to step down from all ministerial assignments.
In Ghana, however, it took a bit more time for authorities to act. Professor Gyampo, one of the lecturers seen in the video made a big show of granting interviews and ‘explaining’ himself to the public while the other lecturer remained silent.
On Tuesday morning, the Chair of the university’s anti-Sexual Harassment Committee said there is not enough evidence in the BBC expose to back the claims against two lecturers of the university.
However, hours later,  the Public Affairs Directorate of the University of Ghana, released a statement saying that it has suspended Dr Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Butakor.
People are just mostly relieved that the University of Ghana has finally taken action against the two lecturers.
However, judging by the comments of Dr Margaret Amoakohene who is the chair of the university’s anti-Sexual Harassment Committee, people have started questioning the authenticity of the report that would emanate from their internal investigation.
Right now, all we have to do is wait from the report from the University of Ghana’s anti-Sexual Harassment Committee and see how things will turn out.

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