Energy ministry set to install hi-tech street lights on streets of Accra

Energy ministry set to install hi-tech street lights on streets of Accra

- Some selected areas in Accra would soon be lit by technology-driven streetlights to be introduced by the ministry of energy

- This follows concerns raised about the poor maintenance culture with regard to some streetlights in Ghana

- The new streetlights would electronically alert the operators of faults or other challenges so they can be dealt with

The ministry of energy will soon embark on a street lighting project to ensure that Accra, Ghana’s capital, is properly lit, especially in the evening.

The move, YEN.com.gh understands, is also intended to help replace streetlights on major roads in the capital with smart and intelligent ones run by technology.

Sulemana Abubakari, who is the deputy director in charge of power distribution, noted that the lack of proper maintenance culture was the reason behind faulty lights along Accra’s streets.

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In his opinion, the task of maintaining the street lights are not entirely the responsibility of the ministry, but a collective one of all Ghanaians.

Per a report by citinewsroom.com, he therefore suggested that assemblies outsource maintenance of streetlights to a third party which can be held responsible for them.

Abubakari added that the smart streetlights would have inbuilt technology that would alert operators if there are faults.

According to him, the Accra-Tema beach road, the N1 highway, the Accra-Tema motorway and the Accra-Legon road would benefit from the project.

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In addition, the ceremonial streets on the Independence Avenue, the Independence Square towards Tetteh Quarshie and beyond to Madina, as well as the one stretching towards LaDMA, will also be covered.

In other news, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Asuogyaman, Samuel Agyekum, has disclosed that there are now bye-laws to deal with open defecation.

In his opinion, the sanitation issues in the district are now hanging in a balance as open defecation has become a major source of worry.

He added that the bye-laws are intended to clamp down on the menace in the area.

The plan was revealed as Agyekum inaugurated a 10-seater toilet facility on Friday, August 2, 2019.

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