DR CHARLES WEREKO-BOBBEY
DR CHARLES WEREKO-BROBBEY, currently the Chief Executive
leading the preparations for
Ghana @ 50 Celebrations Secretariat,
and known as a man of many
colours. Depending on
where you stand on the political divide you can love the
man or loath him.
Prior to his appointment to the
he was the Chief Executive of
the nation’s prestigious energy producing company,
the Volta River Authority (VRA).
as he came to be known due to his
sometimes bulldozing tactics burst onto the
Ghanaian scene when he illegally established the
Independent Media Corporation of Ghana which set up
an independent station called
Radio Eye in 1994.
Radio Eye stands out
historically as the first
private radio station in Ghana.
It is, nonetheless, not in
Dr Brobbey played an inspiring role in the Alliance For
Change (AFC) movement, a
political pressure group that organized demonstrations
against the introduction of Value Added Tax regime by
the then ruling National Democratic Congress government
of Jerry Rawlings in 1995.
Dr Wereko-Brobby went from the AFC
to form the United Ghana Movement (UGM) in 1996 after
resigning from the now ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
currently married after divorcing Ms Joyce Aryee,
CEO of Ghana Chamber of Mines.
He was born in Kumasi in March 1953 and holds a Bachelor
of Science degree in Fuel and Combustion Engineering and
a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Solar Energy
Engineering, both from the University of Leeds, UK.
The UGM Presidential Candidate also holds a Master of
Business Administration degree from the University of
Middlesex, Hendron, UK and is a Fellow of the Institute
of Petroleum, UK. Dr. Wereko-Brobby had been a
practicing Consulting Engineer for almost 20 years and
was a Research Fellow in Management Science at the
Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.
He also worked as the Energy and Environmental Planning
Programme Chief at the Commonwealth Science Council,
Commonwealth Secretariat, London.
In 1988, Dr Wereko-Brobby
was appointed the Energy Policy Adviser to the PNDC and
Executive Director of the National Energy Board. In
1995, he was appointed the Consulting Energy Economist
to the African Development Bank's African Energy
Dr Wereko-Brobby has authored two university-level
textbooks on energy and development, as well as numerous
technical papers and reports on energy and environment.
He became the first African to be elected to the
leadership of the National Union of Students (NUS), UK,
President of Leeds University Union in 1978-1979. His
political carrier started with the advent of the Fourth
Republic in 1993.
At the Ghana@50 Secretariat Dr Wereko-Brobbey is working
at making the nation’s 50th anniversary celebrations a
lasting memory in the minds of all Ghanaians.
Currently, the Ghana@50 Secretariat is working at
ensuring that the country has facilities that can host
the large number of visitors, estimated at over a
million, to visit Ghana during the celebrations.
Commercial financial houses are also helping Dr
Wereko-Brobbey’s Ghana@50 Secretariat at raising funds
to make the programme a success.
Opposition figures are however, not happy about the way
things are been handled. While
they claim he is a good human being,
they are not sure to make things work