General News of Monday, 9 December 2019
The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has urged the University Teachers Association of Ghan to speak up against what it says is the injustice being meted out to Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Butakor by the University of Ghana following the BBC sex for grade documentary.
According to the Executive director of ASEPA Mensah Thompson, since the allegations were levelled against the two lecturers, they have not been officially informed of when they will be granted a hearing to defend themselves.
“Do you know that up to date even after the University came out with those funny charges of misconduct against the two lecturers, none of them have recieved any official notice giving them the date, time and venue for the supposed hearing?[my checks from last Business and Executive Committee Meeting of the University last week Monday confirms this]. However these two lecturers[who are Ghanaian Citizens] still remains interdicted without pay.
“Then you have UTAG, which is the trade union of these lecturers watching on, with no guts to speak against the impunity and injustice meted out to their members.
For me, the conduct of UTAG, their silence and inability to rally support for their two members [atleast until they are proven guilty by a competent committee or arbitar] is worrying and huge threat to the existence of the Union. Why do people join trade Unions?
Why would anyone join a trade union, fulfil all obligations and the Union cannot openly defend them when injustices are perpetrated against them.
The weakness exhibited by UTAG in this matter is ridiculously legendary and it will haunt the union for a long time,” ASEPA said in a statement Monday.
The two lecturers have been interdicted by the university for allegedly abusing their position after they were accused in a BBC documentary.