THE WASTE Management Company, Zoom Alliance Limited has donated an amount of GHÂÂ¢100, 000, 00 towards the organization of the Annual New Year School and Conference under the auspices of the University of Ghana's Institute of Continuing and Distance Education (ICDE).
Presenting the cheque for the sponsorship in Accra on Friday, the Managing Director of Zoom Alliance, Mr. A.B Adjei said the company saw a direct link between the theme of the 64th School and Conference, which is the "The Key to Future Health of our Nation: Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene".
According to him, the theme was their motivation to partner the School and Conference to ensure successful deliberations on all the aspects of the theme, with the view to addressing the environmental sanitation challenges facing city authorities across the nation.
He said the main thrust of the company's business model is the achievement of good environmental sanitation in all communities of the country through the provision of waste management support services. This is why "we believe strongly that improved sanitation will go a long way to improve health conditions of the people of Ghana at all levels" he indicated.
He added that "we understand the importance of water to mankind from the point of view of ingestion, digestion and excretion."
Mr. Adjei noted that Zoom Alliance would maintain a strong interface with the institute throughout the post-school period to ensure successful implementation of recommendations that would emerge from the school and conference.
"We will directly lead in undertaking all sanitation and hygiene related tasks, and provide the technical and material assistance required to realize the successful implementation of other aspects of the recommendations", he stressed.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Kweku Osam expressed the institute's heartfelt gratitude to Zoom Alliance Limited for the sponsorship, saying "we thank you for your generous act towards running of the 6th Annual New Year School and Conference."
He said the gesture would help in advancing knowledge in various aspects of life as a nation, and added that "we are convinced that the country needs to develop along lines that would ensure that development is sustainable."
He pointed out that it would be difficult to ensure sustainable development without the supply of adequate potable water or dealing with the serious problem of sanitation that the nation has been struggling with in the past two decades.
In view of this, he expressed joy at the work of local companies, particularly the Zoom Alliance for helping to address the problems of sanitation throughout the country.
According to him, the efforts of the companies, in addition to support such as the one given to the ICDE by Zoom Alliance was commendable and would further enhance the linkage between industry and academia.
He urged the company to follow up on the activities of the School as promised and expressed the hope that "this will be the beginning of a long term and deeper relationship between us."