Oyo set to illuminate palaces, hospitals, major markets

Oyo State Government has revealed that it is set to install all-in-one solar-powered lights at palaces, hospitals and major markets across the geopolitical zones in the State.

The State Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof. Raphael Afonja, disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing pressmen in Ibadan, saying it would further tighten security in the nooks and crannies of the State and develop its infrastructure.

Afonja said, “with a view to further expand the security network of the State and consolidate on this administration’s recorded achievement in this sector, it has, therefore, become highly imperative and urgent to provide adequate security through provision of streetlights for our esteemed traditional rulers who have recently become targets for kidnappers in the recent times.”

He noted that the initiative was aimed at addressing socio-economic challenges in the State, such as incessant and perpetual hoodlum attacks on traders in major markets and hindrance to medical service delivery at night, due to poor illumination of hospital premises.

The Commissioner explained that the illumination of major market places would give room for night transactions which would boost the socio-economic status of the citizenry, and consequently improve the State’s Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.

Prof. Afonja alluded that the illumination project in palaces, major markets and hospitals, would efficiently complement the ongoing ‘Operation light up Oyo State’ project embarked on by the government.

Source: Voice of Nigeria