Statement: USAG Response To BBC Africa Documentary (Sex For Grades)

The University students’ Association of Ghana has watched with dismay the video recently released by BBC Africa on ‘Sex for Grades’, which transpired within the confines of two prestigious Universities in Africa, University of Ghana and University of Lagos. This documentary has therefore exposed what female students go through in the hands of male lecturers.

In the purported video, two Ghanaian lecturers, Professor Gyampo and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor engaged themselves in using their positions to make amorous advances at ladies that sort assistance from them. Sexual harassment is unacceptable anywhere around the world especially in these two cardinal parts of Africa; Ghana and Nigeria; who preaches democracy with women empowerment.

We strongly condemn the unprofessional conduct of the lecturers. We call on Human Right Activists, civil society organizations, the Ministry of Education and the general public to ensure justice to the issue and also defend students right and movement, which is the last and only reliable tool for every Ghanaian student.

The office of the Women’s Commissioner of USAG is ready to assist female students who have been harassed to seek justice. We therefore encourage victims of sexual harassment on University campuses to step out in order to render this sinister deed moribund in our Universities.