Envoy to UN takes oath

President Mahama in a handshake with Mrs. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee after the ceremony.        Photo: Vincent Dzatse

President Mahama in a handshake with Mrs. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee after the ceremony. Photo: Vincent Dzatse

GHANA’s first female Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Mrs. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, was yesterday administered the oath by President John Mahama at the Flagstaff House, Accra.

Mrs. Pobee, a career diplomat who has been in the foreign service for more than 20 years, succeeds Mr. Ken Kanda, who completed his duty tour recently, as Ghana’s Permanent Representative at the UN.

Administering the Oaths of Office, Allegiance and Secrecy to the envoy, President Mahama recalled the efficiency with which Mrs. Pobee approached her work as acting High Commissioner when posted to South Africa.

Therefore, he said when the UN post became vacant she could not be overlooked, as the government was of the belief that she could best occupy that position.

President Mahama reminded the envoy that the UN posting was one of the country’s more upscale diplomatic postings which require lot of work, especially when the annual United Nations is in session.

“You are going to get your baptism of fire in September when the UN General Assembly sits, and I know that you are going to distinguish yourself concerning preparations that are made in terms of the appointments we have to meet, and in terms of putting Ghana’s best foot forward.”

President Mahama wished Mrs. Pobee the best of luck and reminded her that as the country’s first female representative to the UN, she was holding the standard of all Ghanaian women, who would be looking up to her to distinguish herself.

Responding, Mrs. Pobee thanked the President for the honour done her and the implied trust and confidence reposed in her to represent Ghana at the UN.

She pledged to raise high the flag of Ghana at the UN and to promote the national interest. “I pledge to undertake the duties of Ambassador and Permanent Representative with all the seriousness and commitment that it demands,” she said.

By Samuel Nuamah

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