Professor Ransford Gyampo of the University of Ghana is supposedly named an Elder of the Church of Pentecost after a number of controversies in recent years about him.
The controversial lecturer would benefit greatly by being cleared of the harm caused by his past by being appointed by the Church of Pentecost.
Gyampo joins the likes of Philip Osei Bonsu of Asempa FM, IGP Akuffo Dampare and Dr. Siaw Agyapong who are all allegedly elders of the church of Pentecost.
In 2019, Prof Gyampo and Dr Butakor were accused of soliciting for sex in order to extend some advantages to persons posing as female students in a documentary by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
In the documentary produced by the BBC Africa Eye and published on Monday, October 7, 2019, the BBC reported that it has uncovered sexual harassment at the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana with Gyampo named main culprit.
The BBC sent female undercover reporters to the campuses of the two universities where it reported that they were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers – all the while wearing secret cameras.
Following that, the Gyampo was interdicted by the university.
The University of Ghana suspended Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Butakor for six months and four months respectively for their roles in a sexual harassment scandal which hit the university.
The suspensions which were without pay took effect from January 1, 2020.
The University forced Gyampo to undergo appropriate training on the University of Ghana’s Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy as well as the Code of Conduct for Academic Staff of the University of Ghana, Director of Public Affairs of UG, Stella A Amoa.
“They will be required to receive a positive assessment after the training before resumption of their duties. They are also required to undergo annual assessment for a period of 5 years,” she added.
Cleared but Faced Disciplinary Hearing
The University of Ghana fact-finding Committee later cleared the two who were accused of soliciting sex in order to extend some advantages to female students.
Gyampo and Butakor were, however, found culpable of conducting themselves in a manner that caused embarrassment to the university, for which reason the committee advised the university authorities to refer them to the university’s disciplinary committee for appropriate action.