The Anambra State Government has lamented the theft and vandalism of its solar-powered streetlights.
A statement by Paul Nwosu, Commissioner for Information, said the installations were part of Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s efforts to achieve a livable Anambra as streetlights illuminate various areas at night.
He said: “We discovered that the cables and accessories of the new cost-saving Solar Street Lights being installed to illuminate our roads and streets are being stolen and vandalised by some enemies of the progress of the state
“This can no longer be tolerated. The Street Lights Monitoring Committees set up by the Ministry of Power and Water Resources are hereby directed by the Government to be more vigilant and firm in the exercise of their responsibilities, which is to protect and apprehend these culprits.”
Nwosu also noted that most drivers knock down the streetlights due to careless driving and ignore them, knowing that they were installed with taxpayers’ money.
He said further: “Government is calling on the local Street Light Monitoring Committees and communities’ leaders to take full ownership of these assets and guard them with eagle eyes.
“Anybody caught pilfering or destroying the street solar light cables or accessories should be immediately apprehended and handed over to the police.”
While urging the police to join in the arrest of vandals, Nwosu avowed that “Anambra State can only make the needed progress if these retrogressive elements are put in check.”