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Bawku Residents lament over lack of street lights , traffic lights

2010-02-22 19:49:09
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Some residents of Bawku are lamenting what they say is the long absence of streetlights in the municipality to serve their security needs. They are also complaining that their traffic lights are defunct, contributing to lawlessness on the main streets of the town.

Of late, the residents have been raising these concerns whenever they call into a current affairs programme on a Bolgatanga-based private radio station, Radio A1, dubbed Day Break Upper East.

According to the concerned residents, whose predicaments have been monitored by this reporter over a period of time, though they have been paying levies on the lights, they are denied of the benefits.

They are therefore contending that the continuous absence of these lights was posing a security threat to them especially in the nights.

Taking the unstable nature of the municipality as a result of the conflict, the residents are holding the assertion that when streetlights are provided they could deter some unscrupulous individuals or group of individuals from taking the laws into their own hands in the nights to resurge violence.

A few of them who spoke to this paper on condition of anonymity believe that past and present governments had not done them good because these lights have not been working for over four years now, yet they are not seeing moves to restore the defunct ones and build more of such.

In a telephone interview with this reporter for confirmation or otherwise of these concerns, the Municipal Chief Executive for the area, Hon. Musah Abdulai, admitted that the concerns of the_residents were real, adding that the lights had not functioned for about four years now.

He also admitted that considering the security situation in the area, there must be streetlights to check the operations of criminals in the nights but expressed worry over how some reckless drivers knock down the poles of the streetlights.

Hon.Abdulai said as a result of the conflict, the assembly had no common fund to execute some of the important projects like streetlights.

He disclosed that the assembly had written to the Ministry of Energy to support in the fixing of these lights, but has since not received any response.


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