Sex for grades: UPSA dismisses 3 lecturers

Three lecturers of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) have been dismissed for allegedly soliciting for sex from some female students.

The dismissed lecturers have, however, challenged the decision of the university to dismiss them.

The authorities of the university say soliciting for sex from students “is a conduct that is likely to put the name of the university into disrepute”.

Abortion

Information pieced together by Graphic Online indicates that two of the lecturers had multiple sexual relationships with one of the students, resulting in her getting pregnant on two occasions.

Sources close to the university said the student, who was assisted by one of the lecturers to terminate the first pregnancy, is said to have “nearly died after a medical officer friend of the lecturer prescribed medication for them to buy and subsequently assisted in inserting the medicine in her”

vagina in the lecturer’s apartment.

Information available indicates that when the student got back to her hostel, she bled and nearly died, for which reason she decided not to report her second pregnancy to the said lecturer but went ahead to terminate it herself.

The student has since graduated from the university.

Sex for marks

The third lecturer, who solicited for sex from another lady, was unsuccessful and threatened to fail the said student if she insisted on not giving in to him.

The lecturer is said to have invited the lady to his house, where he showed her her examination paper and threatened to fail her if she continued to turn down his proposals.

All the three lecturers are from the Finance and Accounting Department of the university.

Investigations

On receipt of the complaints, the university authorities are said to have set up an investigative committee to look into them.

The committee, sources at the university said, “recommended that the three lecturers face the disciplinary procedures of the university, after which they were sacked”.

Dismissal as deterrent

The sources indicated that the decision by the management of the university was to serve as a deterrent to other lecturers who might have involved themselves in such acts and those who might be nursing the intention to engage in them.

The Daily Graphic learnt that soliciting for sex in the university is considered a serious disciplinary issue as a way of maintaining the sanctity of the university.

Position of management

When Graphic Online contacted management of the UPSA to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the information, the paper was referred to the legal officer of the university.

The Legal Officer, Mr Fortunate Fio, confirmed that “something of that sort actually happened” but declined to comment further.

He explained that the issue was still receiving judicial attention, as the dismissed lecturers were challenging the decision.
He was, therefore, unable to comment further.

Ghana Still Waiting For Confirmation From Sierra Leone To Honour Cup of Nations Qualifier

The FIFA/CAF normalization committee are yet to receive a confirmation from Sierra Leone as to whether they will honour the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Black Stars.

Sierra Leone has been slapped with an indefinite ban by FIFA over government interference.

FIFA banned the West African side from football related activities after the government in the country decided to sack FA boss, Aisha Johassen as well as General Secretary, Christopher Kamara which clearly breached the codes of FIFA.

The action taken by the World’s Football governing body automatically prevents Sierra Leone from playing their Cup of Nations qualifier against the Black Stars.

Dan Kwaku Yeboah spokesperson of the normalization committee says his outfit is yet to receive an official communique from the Sierra Leonean FA.

“As at now it looks dicey, I can’t tell whether they (Sierra Leone) will honour the match or not,” he told KWESE Sports.

“We have been in contact with CAF and FIFA but the situation as at now balls down to Sierra Leone, whether they will put things in place as directed by FIFA as soon as possible so they will honour the game.

“We are also waiting for them to communicate with us to let us know whether they will be coming or not so as I speak the situation is not clear and we are still waiting.

“However we will go ahead with our preparation as scheduled until an official confirmation from Sierra Leone.”

The Black Stars are expected to begin preparation on Monday in Kumasi.

Source: Ghanasportsonline.com

Methodist Church Ghana Celebrates Bawumia’s Birthday

The Methodist Church, Ghana has surprised Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia with a special birthday celebration at her Wesley Cathedral in Cape Coast during church service on Sunday, 7th October 2018.

The Vice President who turned 55 years today was attending the Induction Service of the newly elected Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, The Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo.

In a highly surprising mode, the entire congregation and clergy of the church rose up with a rousing welcome to the Vice President as he entered the church amidst singing, cheering, and praises with a beautiful rendition of the popular “happy birthday to you” song.

Led by the outgoing and incoming Presiding Bishops, the Church presented a birthday hamper to Dr. Bawumia and prayed for the blessings, favour, and wisdom of the Almighty God onto the life of the Vice President.

Dr. Bawumia’s humility and trans-religious tolerance has endeared him to the christian and Muslim communities. As a devoted Muslim, Dr. Bawumia has a perfect sense of the need for religious tolerance and has demonstrated true leadership and commitment at same.

Some of the Church members could not hide their love and admiration for the Vice President as they showered praises and blessings upon his life for his humility, respect, and hardwork.

In his address Vice President Bawumia extended the felicitations of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and also expressed his appreciation to the church for their continuous prayers and support towards church building.

“From the days of John Wesley and the earlier leaders the Methodist Church has been part of the building process of Ghana and the country is grateful for that”, Dr. Bawumia indicated.

He seized the occasion to also share his past relationship with the Methodist Church in his early days as a teenager in Tamale. “Back in my teens at Tamale I was the only Muslim member of the Boys Brigade. My mother is a product of Wesley Girls Senior High School (a Methodist school), and likewise my wife, Samira Bawumia, a product of Mfantsiman School (also a Methodist school)”, he revealed.

The Vice President in a highly elated mood urged the Church to continue to pray for President Akufo-Addo and his government, believing that the battle of governance is of the Lord’s.

In his sermon, The Most Rev. Awotwi Pratt admonished the congregation to show humility and tolerance to each other. He recounted his days as a mission representative in the Gambia and how peaceful he co-existed with his Muslim brothers.

“Many times as a priest of God I attended service at the mosque and anytime I did the Imam would ask me to put my sandals in my armpit. I attended and presided over weddings between a Muslim and a Christian. This is how God wants us to live with one another – respect and recognition of each other’s faith and believe”, Most Rev. Awotwi Pratt admonished.

Present at the church service today were Hon. Kwamena Duncan, Central Regional Minister, the NPP Central regional chairman and his executives, Nana Kobina Nketsia, the Paramount Chief of the Essikado traditional area. Others were leaders of the Methodist Church, namely the Most Rev. Titus K. Awotwi Pratt, Immediate past Presiding Bishop, His Eminence Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Kano Uche, Prelate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, The Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel K Asante, Bro. Benard Clement K Botwe, Lay President, and a host of other pastors, Bishops and clergy of the church.

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