By Maxwell Ofori
When government policy critic Prof Ransford Gyampo, a Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, neatly dressed in his African print entered the lecture hall, his aim was to impart knowledge, but ended up wetting his handkerchief as he broke down in front of the students.
In a very bizarre video, outspoken Professor Gyampo was seen ‘emulating’ what the scripture said of Jesus Christ in John 11:35; “And Jesus wept.”
The shedding of tears followed hooting by his students on a beautiful Monday, October 7, 2019, hours before the premiere of an investigative piece by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), dubbed ‘Sex for Grades,’ which implicated him.
He could not stand the unfortunate experience that a lecturer would have in front of his or her students, compelling him to close his lecture notes and walk out of the lecture room.
The video, which was premiered last night, implicated two lecturers of the premier university – Prof Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor, a lecturer at the College of Education.
The BBC says it carried out the undercover work in two tertiary institutions in West Africa, namely the University of Ghana, Legon, and University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Prof Gyampo has threatened to sue the BBC over the documentary, which made him shed tears before his students.
In a Facebook post, the Prof, who alleged that some unscrupulous faces may be behind the investigative piece, also said he had been advised to keep his mouth shut over the issue.
Read below the full post on Facebook
Good Afternoon Folks,
- I have been counseled to be silent on a matter of entrapment masterminded by certain unscrupulous people, with the aid of BBC (African Eye) against me.
- 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 worse video, and actually texted to rejoice over what they think is going to be my downfall, I forgive them
- 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.
- 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.
- The lady involved in my informal conversation was not my student, and she wasn’t 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.
- 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.
- 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 refuse 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?
- 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 won’t be silenced. Their worst may be to kill me. But in as much as I love my family, I won’t 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.
PAV Ansah Street
Suro Nipa House