Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Korle Klottey Municipality, Nii Adjei Tawiah has assured commuters who ply the stretch in between the Liberation roundabout and the Castle road that nonfunctioning streetlights on the road will be fixed by February 2020.
Commuters on the stretch have for almost three years now been complaining about the dangers they are exposed to following the nonfunctioning of streetlights on the road.
In an interview with Citi News, the MCE says plans are underway to have those streetlights fixed by next month.
“This is not the only area we are focusing on. There are other places that we are taking care of. Just as we have done those places, we will get to fix those here too. So in a month or so, all the streetlights in Accra will be replaced. We have engineers who are going around because it is something that we are working on.”
Street lighting provided for sensitive and strategic national assets such as the Accra International Conference Centre, the proposed National Cathedral, Osu Cemetery and many public offices are developed, maintained and owned by the Municipal Assembly but the aforementioned streets according to commuters have for the past three years been without street lights, rendering the place unsafe.
A journey through some principal streets in Accra such as the Liberation roundabout, Castle road and the Accra Sports Stadium stretch shows quite a number of nonfunctioning street lights.
The streets are plunged into total darkness because the bulbs of the streetlights are either removed by some anonymous persons or they are just nonfunctional.
Others have their poles broken down.
Although some of the commuters share their horrible encounter with criminals and mentally deranged persons on the road at night, many prominent people including parliamentarians who use the stretch to their respective offices have failed to acknowledge the risk it poses.
They say the relevant authorities should ensure that the street lights are fixed as soon as possible to ward off criminals who engage in all forms of negative nocturnal activities.