Some commuters along the Kakpagyili/Tuutingli and Kalariga stretch have expressed gratitude to the NPP’s parliamentary candidate for the Tamale South Constituency, Yakubu Yussif, for leading efforts at restoring nonfunctional street lights along the roads in their communities.
According to them, replacement of the Street lights on the Kakpagyili-Kalariga ring road, will not only improve visibility at night, but will go a long way to reduce crime on the stretch.
Some of the Tuutingli residents told Diamond News that the streetlights in the area had been nonfunctional for the past two years thereby contributing to the increasing crime wave on the stretch especially at night.
“Our business activities on the dark stretch are just for our survival even as we pay the heavy price in the hands of criminals who constantly attack people here, a resident narrated. We are grateful to Yakubu Yussif for attending to our concern. Many people have lost their properties on this stretch as results of darkness.“
“I think, replacing these nonfunctioning streetlights would enhance our economic activities at night,” another resident said.
Meanwhile the NPP PC for Tamale South Constituency, in an interview with Diamond News said a total of 142 streetlights will be replaced along the Kakpagyili stretch all the way to the Lamashegu roundabout.
He revealed that over two million Ghana cedis, from the one million US dollar per constituency policy, being implemented by the Northern Development Authority (NDA) through the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), is to be spent on the replacement of the nonfunctioning lamps.
He stated that the project when completed will improve visibility at night and also enhance issues of security and safety in the communities.
“This intervention is in the positive direction to improving visibility and reducing accidents on our road. I am confident the type of LED lamps used will bring permanent solution to the problem that has persisted for almost two years in these communities,” he stated.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu