By Elizabeth Angira.
Kisii county governor has officiated the launch of the National Street Lighting Programme for Kisii Town and its environs, undertaken by Kenya Power.
Speaking at Kisii town after the launch Governor noted that street lights will enhance security at the town and promote a 24 hour economy in Kisii.
The governor stated that in an effort to achieve this, around 6 years ago, the County Government rolled out the solar lighting programme for Kisii town and other market centers and towns across the county which has now been replaced.
According to the governor the move by Kenya Power to embark on this noble exercise to light up the town is highly welcome and the county has taken an initiative of supporting it.
The street lighting programme was originally meant to cover the CBD with 200 units of lanterns on the main streets of Barclays to Kisii hotel, Mashauri – Daraja Mbili, Stadium road and Industrial area.
“Out of the need to ensure extensive coverage in the Municipality, an additional 300 lanterns are now currently being installed to cover the short streets in the CBD and its environs” he said.
The coverage also extends to the approach roads and centres to KISII TOWN including Kiogoro, Bobaracho, Gesonso, Nyamataro, Jogoo and Getembe which are not within the Kisii Town CBD.
The residents across wider area coverage will pride in a 24-hour economy, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic when most of our business activities which have been regrettably closed will have re-opened.
He urged motorists and other road users to ensure that this critical infrastructure is preserved and protected from any form of damage or vandalism to ensure un-interrupted street lighting and perhaps, going forward, we may consider erecting barriers to safe guard the pole from destruction.
To support the growth of a 24 hour economy, the county government has intensified the integrated street lighting programme.
The County shall install a further 200 solar lights and 10 high mast lights as we progressively work towards lighting all market centers in the county.