By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Kaduna Power Supply Company (KAPSCO), on Thursday,
Engr. Mohammed Sani who represented the Managing Director, (KAPSCO), Ms. Dolapo Popoola, expressed this at the commissioning of streetlights held in the local government area.
According to her, the installation was done under KAPSCO’s Rural Lighting Initiative, a component of the Kaduna Power Project.
Dolapo said, Kaduna Power Project is aimed to providing sustainable power for the Green Economic Zone through a 2x60MVA transmission substation at Maraban Jos, providing 1.3MW of solar to power 255 Primary Healthcare Centres across Kaduna State and install 1,382 solar-powered streetlights.
Consequently, the Rural Lighting Initiative is lighting up Rural communities, inter-state motor parks, night markets and roads leading to rural primary healthcare centers, to complement the Urban Renewal programme which focuses on urban areas.
Furthermore, by lightning up inter-state motor parks and night markets, KAPSCO hopes to enhance security and boost night time economy in rural areas.
She noted that under the Rural Lighting Initiative, over 1,000 solar powered streetlights have been installed across over 20 local government areas of the state.
It would be recalled that during the launching of 64 streetlights in Afana, Jagindi and Koninkon communities in Jema’a, the Managing Director of Kaduna Power Supply Company, Dolapo Popoola, reiterated the state’s commitment towards enhancing security and improving access to healthcare.
She encouraged the public to help safeguard the streetlights by reporting any faults or accidents and also by refraining from vandalism.
The Managing Director further said that the streetlights had been geo tagged and marked with a unique numbering scheme uploaded to the central Kaduna streetlights locator.
“The street poles have been numbered uniquely to help members of the community report any faults,” she said.
She appealed to members of the community to help safeguard the streetlights by reporting any faults or accidents and also by refraining from vandalism.
In an interview with the APC Women leader, Cecilia Yumos and a resident of Gowon Kure, she expressed gratitude to the state government for the kind gesture to the community.
They assured that the community will make every effort to ensure safety of the streetlights.