NRSA HOSTS WORKSHOP ON STREETLIGHTS
NRSA HOSTS WORKSHOP ON STREETLIGHTS
The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) hosted a stakeholder meeting to identify and address institutional responsibilities and come up with solutions to the numerous malfunctioning streetlights within the Greater Accra Region, on Friday, January 24.
The discussion involved stakeholders like the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Electricity Company of Ghana, Department of Urban Roads, and Office of the Head of Local Government Services, Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service, Department of Urban Roads, Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly, Adentan Municipal Assembly, Tema West Municipal Assembly, Road Safety Advocates and the Press. Representatives from these agencies took turns to share their views on the problem, whiles finding ways to address the issues.
Setting the stage for the dialogue, the Head of Regulation, Inspection and Compliance at the NRSA, Kwame Koduah Atuahene, who called for the gathering, stressing on the new regulation and standardization mandates of the Authority, explicitly set forth that poor visibility was a contributor to the crashes on our roads, and called for the need for well-lit streets for safe road use in dark weather conditions.
The head of Education, Research and Training at the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, Supt. Alexander Obeng, revealed that apart from the Ghana Highway Authority, other agencies such as the Department of Urban Roads and the Department of Feeder Roads held the responsibility for all road infrastructure, including road markings and streetlights.
Mr. Neville Dodoo-Quartey at the Department of Urban Roads reacted saying in accordance with the Street Light Policy the streetlights which are erected during construction of roads as a safety requirement are handed over to the Assemblies for maintenance, after completion of work.
In rebuttal, the Municipal Chief Executive of the Adentan Municipal Assembly, Mr. Daniel Alexander Nii-Noi Adumuah, reprimanded the lack of collaboration between the Assemblies and the road infrastructure providers. Assemblies were stopped from installing and maintaining streetlights as they claimed it was not our responsibility
The Manager of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Ing. Anthony Esiape, stated that streetlights have a lifespan of at least 30 years, but experience shows they have short working periods due to limited funding. In his presentation, Ing. Esiape stated that the installation of new streetlights, the development of existing ones and their maintenance, through patrols to identify and rectify faults, were completely in the hands of the Metropolitan and Municipal District Assemblies (MMDAs), in accordance with L.I. 1961, throughout the country.
He continued, that, even though by law, all electricity consumers pay a levy to be used by the respective MMDAs to cater for the full cost of the energy consumption of streetlights and their maintenance, this particular source of funding was woefully inadequate.
Ing. Baah Tetteh, a frepresentative from the Office of the Head of Local Government Service generally supported Ing. Esiape’s submissions adding that, a collaborative effort from various institutions to promote road safety was key and very important in addressing the challenges facing the regular uninterrupted provision of radiant streets at night.
Ing. David Adonteng, Director for Planning and Programmes at the Authority, who chaired the meeting brought the event to a close, after other views had been heard, calling on all stakeholders to work together to further the course of road safety to save human lives.
The Stakeholder meeting was an initiative of the Authority to address in the shortest possible time the unpleasant bad visibility at night on our streets.