The Chronicle, a Ghanain newspaper reports that hundreds of streetlights in the Ashanti Regional Capital, Kumasi remains nonfunctional and this has plunged a vast area of Kumasi into darkness, under the watch of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA).
A night-working visit to Adum, Kejetia, Bantama, Neoplan, Central Market, the dual carriage stretch from Anloga junction to Abrepo, Suame, Denyame, Boys Brigade road and a host of other places in Kumasi are non-functional despite the fact that the garden city enjoys frequent power supply.
Mr. Christian Antwi Bosiako, a driver in Kumasi told The Chronicle that most of the streets are in total darkness, regardless of the erratic power outages. He said the Kejetia to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) dual carriage way is in stark darkness, a situation he said put drivers in fear when they are driving on the road.
The poor street lighting system is also stifling the works of Zoomlion workers who have been contracted by the KMA to sweep the Central Business District each night.
Mr. Kojo Bonsu, the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) is being blamed for neglecting the road markings and non-functional street lights after several reports were made to him last year.
Mr. Bonsu is reported to have admitted that malfunctioning of street lights in the city was an issue and promised that KMA technicians will work on the street lights at a meet-the-press series in December last year.