Energy CS launches street lighting programme in Kisumu
Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter on Friday launched the national public street lighting program in several trading centres across Kisumu County in the ongoing plans by the government to move the country to a 24-hour economy.
The CS noted that the improved lighting would not only boost security but also stir economic activities.
“It is the expectation of the government that improved lighting will go a long way in bolstering security and improving economic activities as the country gears up for a 24-hour economy,” said Keter.
The CS spoke shortly after switching on street lights within Ahero town in Nyando sub-county where he urged locals to capitalize on the improved lighting to expand on their businesses. He reassured the locals that the Sh1.2 billion national lighting program rolled out by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa last year was being implemented in trading centres countrywide.
Keter pointed out the national street lighting and the last mile electrification programs are among the strategies through which the Jubilee administration plans to achieve universal power supply by 2020 ahead of an earlier projection of 2030.
The CS was accompanied by the Kenya Power’s Acting Managing Director and CEO Dr. Ken Tarus and the company’s western region Manager Dan Obiero among other company top management.
A status report by the KPLC shows that the government will spend over Sh 445million in setting up more than 5,000 lighting points within Kisumu County.
Kisumu and Maseno town and University with over 3,000 and 600 lighting points will gobble bulk of the lighting fund with two projects set to consume over Sh 346 and 64million respectively, according to the report.
The CS, besides Ahero, also switched on the street lights in several other market centres in Awasi, Muhoroni and Koru during the Friday launch.
Elated residents of Kisumu hailed the lighting project while at the same time appealing to the government to ensure sustainability of the programme through timely maintenance and payment of the power bills.