By John Femi Adi:
Kaduna State was created in 1967 and once served as the historical headquarters of the defunct Northern Nigeria , unfortunately the major roads and streets remained dark ends where the “Bad boys and Queens of the night” used as operation arears for nefarious and inordinate business activities .
Apparently worried by this development, Kaduna State Governor ,Nasir Ahmad El-rufai promised to light up the streets of Kaduna , without delay ,he ensured the project was captures as part of capital investments in the 2016 draft budget .
Though there were doubts as to whether he would execute it , especially that states governors have complained of paucity of funds , more so, that the experiences with previous administrations in the area of budget implementation was disappointing .
However, for Kaduna residents , who have seen different Designs of Solar Street Lights erected on their roads and streets, it was an expression of joy and kudos to Governor Nasir Ahmad El-rufai , who didn’t waste time to deliver on his promises of lighting up Kaduna metropolis.
The installation of streets lights at Malali, Angwan Maigero, Narayi High-cost, Bayan Dutse, Angwan Rimi, Barnawa junction by Mobile Barrack, Raba Road, Katuru Road, Sultan Roads ,Alimi Road among others has been a source of pride and the people are speaking.
Mr Emmanuel Kolawole is a retired textile worker ,who resides at Narayi-Highcost , according to him, the street lights do not only lighten up the streets, they also serve as security checks .
” For those of us with bad sights it us to see clearly . We also gladdened that it has relatively helped to check crime and restore confidence of commuters and pedestrans alike.” Mr Kolawole added .
Residents interviewed by Daily NewsTimes in other areas ,where the Solar Street lights have been installed showered encomiums on Governor El-rufai, describing the 45 Kilometer street lights project as ” timely and a sign of responsive governance” considering the short period within which the projects were executed .
Still speaking on the project, residents of Ungwan Maigero a suburb of Kaduna metropolis ,who benefited from the street lights project, Mr. Bako Maigari, Mr. Adamu Bulus and one Dorcas James lauded the concerted efforts of government in installing what they described as ” Solar security street lamps.”
Mr. Maigari said, ‘’The roads in this place used to be as dark as a thick forest in the night, and once it is 10pm, people usually become scared of even going out because some bad boys use to take advantage of the dark roads to snatch handbags, phones, money and sometimes,even machines were stolen along the dark streets, but now you can see for yourself, this is almost 10pm and we are talking with you here, so it is really a thing of joy’’.
On his part, Mr Paul Dawaki, an automobile engineer opposite Mobile Police Barrack Barnawa junction, saluted Governor El-rufi describing the initiative as superb. He said ‘’I tell you people use to steal some things in this mechanic site especially at night even though we are opposite Mobile Police barracks.
“Most times they do not know because of darkness but now, one cannot try that here because, once it’s 7pm ,the Solar Street lights come up automatically, hence, scare thieves away because everyone, even passersby can see who is doing what’’.
At Narayi Highcost, Bayan Dutse, katuru and Raba roads ,similar stories were told on the significance of the lights in the area creating conducive environment for business transactions. The people of these areas hailed the governor’s foresight stressing that this gesture would boost businesses as the streets light provide opportunity to extend time of doing business in the areas.
In the same vain, traders at Sultan road around Angwan Rimi and Angwan Sarki were full of praise for the governor . Petty traders who still sell after 10pm gave the Governor a pat on the back for the projects saying it gives them the encouragement to stay longer outside transacting business.
Kamal Jibril who sells bread and Chibuzor Nwankolo who deals with USB cables and phone chargers at the cross junction said ‘’APC represents truth and light, that is why the government committed to opening new roads and installation of solar street lights and it has helped our business’’
Meanwhile , Abubakar Idris who is a businessman said the streets lights give them the opportunity to stay out longer and earn more money for themselves. Other residents and petty traders at Korau and Kufana roads also hailed Government’s effort towards lighting Kaduna.
However, as residents in areas where these projects show appreciation, residents of areas yet to benefit from the
It could be recalled that the Kaduna state government awarded contract for the installation of Solar Street lights across major streets in Kaduna metropolis to light-up kaduna town early this year.