Ghanaian Varsity Dismisses Prof. Over ‘Disturbing’ Remarks
Nwagbara’s sacking followed the emergence of a video showing him bashing the Ghanaian government for treating Nigerians with disdain.
“You cannot be here and suffering. Let the leaders get our media guys to come here and cover what has been happening,” the varsity teacher had said.
“Go to the student community, go to the business community go to everywhere, come to the embassy.
“Go and confront the officials with the information and within one week, I can tell you part of what is happening. I’m sorry to say it but this is within us.”
He had been arrested and interrogated by Ghana Police Service and there are no indications whether he is in detention or not.
However, a statement by the school described the comment as disturbing and a threat to peace.
“The University of Education Winneba wishes to inform the general public that it has taken a very serious view of the video circulating on social media, involving Prof. Augustine Uzoma Nwagbara,” it noted.
“Augustine Uzoma Nwagbara, a Professor of English Language, has been on sabbatical at the Department of Applied Linguistics since October 2018.
“In the said video, Prof. Nwagbara makes several unsavoury, unethical and damning comments about our country, its history as well as its educational system. The University totally dissociates itself from the grossly irresponsible comments and condemns it in no uncertain terms.”
It added that “The University is highly disturbed by the huge embarrassment his unguarded statement has brought to the institution, the Ministry of Education, and, indeed, Ghana as a whole.
“The University, upon receipt of the video, immediately invoked its internal disciplinary process to fully examine his conduct relative to the content of the video.
“The University wishes to indicate that it has in the past hosted several scholars on sabbatical leave from various countries, including Nigeria, and same have conducted themselves with [a] high degree of decorum and professionalism during their stay.
“Prof. Augustine Uzoma Nwagbara’s behaviour is totally deviant and an aberration that runs contrary to those of his predecessors or the others currently at post.
“The University after subjecting Prof. Augustine Uzoma Nwagbara to internal disciplinary process finds him culpable of gross misconduct and has, accordingly, dismissed him.
“The University apologises to Ghanaians for Prof. Nwagbara’s disparaging remarks about this country’s educational system and further indicates that the comments were full of factual inaccuracies.”