The County government of Uasin Gishu plans to install 9004 LED street lights in urban areas and upcoming trading centre across the county to encourage a 24-hour economy by the end of 2022.
The county’s 2018-2022 Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) envisions that the lighting project will enable businesses to operate in a secure environment.
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago said the county has surpassed the lighting connectivity target both in rural and urban areas by over 1, 400 LED Street Lights this year.
According to the governor, 6,404 LED Street Lights have been installed, 30 High Mast and 32 15m floodlights have also been installed. In addition, 256 solar lights have also been installed across the county.
“The street lighting programme will be a major boost to businesses as it enables traders to work 24 hours and this will increase incomes and enhance the quality of life apart from improving security,” said the governor.
Speaking while commissioning the street lights program at Kuinet centre Mandago who was accompanied by Kuinet Ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) Gilbert Bett, said most of the townships can now safely operate on a 24hour basis under a secure environment.
“Most of the townships are now safe and people living where this project has successfully been implemented need to utilize these lights in growing their economy,” said Mandago.
He challenged the youth in the county to take advantage of the newly established markets and other townships’ security lights programme to engage in income-generating activities to better themselves economically.
By Kiptanui Cherono