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Ghana university sacks Nigerian professor as diplomatic tension deepens

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Augustine Nwagbara, a Nigerian professor at the University of Education (UEW), Ghana, has lost his job over what the institution called “unethical and damning” comments about the country.

Nwagbara had in a viral video knocked the Ghanaian government for maltreating Nigerians.

He was consequently arrested, and later granted bail but asked to report to the police frequently.

But in a statement issued on Wednesday, the university said the comments by the lecturer were ” unsavoury about the country, its history as well as its educational system”.
The UEW said Nwagbara,  “a professor of English Language, has been on sabbatical at the Department of Applied Linguistics since October 2018.

“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.

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“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.”

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