General News of Wednesday, 22 February 2017
A former Chief Executive of the Volta River Authority, Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby has called on Ghanaians to weep for the nation because after 60 years of Independence, “Ghana has failed”.
According to the businessman, politician and former diplomat, Ghana has failed to achieve anything relevant with the West African nation still struggling to survive without the help of its donor partners.
“We should all go to the black star square and mourn and weep because Ghana at 60, we have failed,” Dr. Wereko-Brobby said.
Ghana is set to mark its 60 years anniversary after it gained independence from the United Kingdom on 6th March 1957.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed it will cost the country GHC20 million to organize the impending [email protected] celebrations.
Government is, however, relying on corporate bodies and philanthropists to raise the amount.
But speaking on Starr Chat Wednesday, Dr. Wereko-Brobby stated that there is a certain unwillingness about the committee set up to oversee the celebrations to be bold.
“I think there is a certain unwillingness to be bold about Ghaan at 60, I think that for a nation that set to look over its own if at 60 you are going to donors then…you have failed.”
Profile of Dr. Wereko-Brobby
Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby was born on 27 March 1953, in Kumasi. He is an engineer, politician, diplomat and businessman in Ghana.
He was once the Chief Executive of Ghana’s Volta River Authority, then the country’s major power generator and distributor.
In the mid-1990s, he established Radio Eye, which was Ghana’s first independent radio station – after the government took the station off the air, he was approached by David Ampofo for an interview on the talkshow Time With David, which he agreed to.
He was the chief executive of the [email protected] secretariat, responsible for planning Ghana’s 50th Jubilee in 2007.
After President John Evans Atta Mills, Tarzan, as Wereko-Brobby is popularly known had to appear before numerous commission of inquiries and courts to answer for his stewardship of the Commission.
Wereko-Brobby ran for President of Ghana in 2000 as leader of the United Ghana Movement (UGM).
He formed the UGM in 1996 after leaving the New Patriotic Party (NPP). He is also the nephew of Victor Owusu a founding father of the [NPP].
After the NPP lost power to the NDC in 2012, Wereko-Brobby came out strongly to advise the party to abandon its legal fight to overturn the Electoral Commission’s verdict in the courts and rather concentrate on winning the 2016 elections.
Wereko-Brobby attended Achimota School. He was then educated at the University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom where he was awarded a BSc in Fuel and Combustion Engineering and a PhD in Solar Energy Engineering.
He was President of Leeds University Union from 1978 to 1979.