Residents and traders of Majengo market in Vihiga Sub County will soon experience enhanced security and working hours following World Bank’s move to fully fund installation 15 high mast floodlights project in the Municipality at a cost of about Sh.52.5 million.
The Vihiga County Governor, Dr. Wilber Ottichilo and his Deputy Governor (DG), Dr. Patrick Saisi led a team of county officials and World Bank representatives to the official ground-breaking ceremony at Majengo town on Tuesday.
Addressing the jubilant residents, Ottichilo hailed the World Bank, saying installation of the high mast street lighting would not only enhance security in the area but will also boost economic growth and development in the county.
“The floodlights would not only enhance security in the area but more importantly will enable our traders to increase working hours, hence turn Vihiga County into a 24hour economy,” remarked Ottichilo who encouraged youth to embrace self-employment by venturing into entrepreneurial activities.
The governor revealed the street lighting project would be extended to all major towns and trading centres across the county.
“We have started with Majengo town in Vihiga Sub County due to its strategic position,” he observed.
The DG challenged county women to invest more in trading activities in order to improve their sources of livelihood as well as living standards.
“We expect to see increased business activities, especially among women, in Majengo town after the floodlights have been installed,” said Saisi who also asked bodaboda riders to be ready to extend their working hours.
Each of the floodlights will cost the World Bank about Sh.3.5million to install.
“Eight of the floodlights will be 30 metres high while seven will be 20 metres,” disclosed a World Bank official who addressed the locals.
The official further explained each of the high mast floodlights will be fixed with six powerful lights.
By Maurice Aluda