THIS PARTICULAR EXPOSÉ HAS REALLY GENERATED A LOT OF DEBATE WITH SOME FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO CONDEMN THE UG LECTURERS.
The Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr has debunked reports that ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas was involved in a recent BBC expose, 'Sex for grades'.
According to him, even though BBC approached Anas to work with them, he declined.
“There is no Anas in there because it wasn’t as if an opportunity did not exist for an Anas to be in there, but Anas declined to be part of this particular project...because he is doing so many other things and I did not want an Anas to be in there” he said on Joy Newsfile programme, Saturday.
“THERE IS NO ANAS IN THERE BECAUSE IT WASN’T AS IF AN OPPORTUNITY DID NOT EXIST FOR AN ANAS TO BE IN THERE, BUT ANAS DECLINED TO BE PART OF THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT...BECAUSE HE IS DOING SO MANY OTHER THINGS AND I DID NOT WANT AN ANAS TO BE IN THERE”
The veteran journalist further indicated that the “BBC are capable; in fact when it comes to infrastructural, logistical and all those things they have more than Tiger Eye especially BBC Africa Eye…there is a close relationship between Tiger Eye and BBC Africa Eye though.”
'Sex For Grades' EXpose
The BBC Africa Eye has released a documentary centred on cases of sexual harassment by lectures in tertiary institutions.
The Sex For Grades Investigation was conducted at the University of Lagos (Unilag), Nigeria and the University of Ghana, Accra, snaring some four lectures.
One of the incriminated lecturers, Prof Ransford Gyampo, has however rejected the allegations levelled against him in the exposé, insisting that he has never done anything unethical in the course of his duties. He has also threatened to sue the BBC for defamation.
This particular exposé has really generated a lot of debate with some finding it difficult to condemn the UG lecturers.
Why? They are of the view that there was no evidence of exchanging sex for grades.
Others, however, hold a contrary opinion. To them, the abject neglect of the implementation of policies on harassment in institutions, has embolden lecturers to take advantage of students; allowing the culture of sexual harassment to fester on campuses.
Meanwhile, Unilag has suspended professor Boniface Igbeneghu, the Nigerian lecturer who featured in the expose.