The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has acquired a new aerial platform truck (hoist) at a cost of GH¢520,000 under an Urban Development Grant (UDG).
The new vehicle would help the Electrical Department of the KMA to undertake routine maintenance of the street lighting system.
The Metro Chief Executive, Osei Assibey Antwi, who handed over the vehicle to the head of the Electrical Department, said it had arrived at an opportune time, because the City of Kumasi had been confronted with dysfunctional street lighting systems, which posed a threat to the safety and security of the people, for far too long.
He said the new vehicle would complement the work of Prefos Limited, a local electrical contractor which has been contracted to rehabilitate and maintain dysfunctional streetlights in Kumasi since a functional street lighting system is critical to the maintenance of security in every city.
Mr. Assibey Antwi noted that besides adding beauty to the city, criminal activities would be minimised once the streets are well lit at night.
According to him, the presence of the street lights improves the security and safety of the citizens, promotes commercial activities, and enhances night life.
Having addressed the major challenge of the acquisition of the vehicle, Assibey Antwi charged the staff to take good care of it in the area of repairs and maintenance of the lighting system to help achieve the desired results.
Mayor Assibey Antwi further cautioned the workers to go by safety measures in handling the vehicle, and promised to provide them with the necessary working gears.
Nana Asabre Addo, head of the Electrical Department, thanked the Mayor for providing the department with the equipment, and gave the assurance that the staff would deliver on their mandate and contribute to the growth of the Assembly.
Source: Sebastian R. Freiku || the Chronicle