The Upper East Regional Minister, Hon. Paulina Patience Abayage has indicated that, it would cost the region an amount of GHc50 million to have the dysfunctional streetlights in the regional capital, Bolgatanga rehabilitated.
The Minister made this known during a media engagement Wednesday at the Residency.
Streetlights in most parts of Bolgatanga have been dead for some time now which residents have raised concerns about to no significant improvement.
But in her Address on the challenges confronting the region, Hon. Abayage said she has taken cognizance of the street and traffic light breakdown and steps have been put in place to get it working. According to her, the constant breakdown and knock down by motorist have contributed to the situation.
“The constant breakdown and knockdown have unfortunately affected the underground electrical work. … so you are just managing so once in a while, you put it up but because the underground cables are affected when you put on the lights the next moment the are off again”
She however, indicated that, an official from the Ministry of Energy was in her office after an assessment on the dysfunctional streetlights and made it known that it would cost GHc50 Million to have the entire system changed.
“This morning someone came from the Ministry of Energy to check the streetlights in Bolga…The gentleman came to my office to brief me …if we want to change the entire street system which is what we should do , that would cost GHc 50million …that’s a huge sum” she stated.
The Minister has however noted that, there is an alternative which would be made available after the assessment report.
On the dysfunctional traffic light, the Minister says she is expecting the technical experts to give her a feedback on the situation for the way forward in addressing it.
Source: a1radioonline.com /Samuel Mbura /101.1MHz / Ghana