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Ghanaian University Sacks Nigerian Professor Over ‘Disparaging Comments’

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The University of Education, Winneba, (UEW), has dismissed visiting Nigerian lecturer Professor Augustine Uzoma Nwagbara, over comments he made in a viral video about how Nigerians are treated in Ghana.

Prof. Nwagbara was sacked after an internal disciplinary committee of the university found him culpable of gross misconduct.

The English Language professor was arrested by the Ghanaian police on Tuesday but later granted bail for allegedly inciting the Nigerian community in Ghana on strategies to fight back the recent bad publicity they were getting in the country.

In a video that went viral this week, Nwagbara was seen lambasting the treatment of Nigerians by Ghanaian authorities, while also urging his colleagues to employ the Nigerian media to take up the fight.

His comments were, however, termed as inciting and a threat to peace by both his former employers and the Ghanaian authorities

In a statement signed and issued by the Registrar of UEW, Mr. Paul Osei Barimah, the institution explained that they had taken a very serious view of the video circulating social media, which involves the visiting lecturer, and concluded that some of the comments made by the lecturer were “unsavoury, unethical and damning.”

The full statement read:

“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.

“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.

“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 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.”

Here is the video of the professor speaking in a meeting with fellow Nigerians over ongoing issues Nigerians face in Ghana.