West Pokot county government has installed street lights worth Sh5 million to Kapenguria and Makutano towns.
The streetlights will improve security and allow traders conduct business even during the night.
Ten poles with have been installed in the two towns.
The electricity bills will be footed by the county government.
Speaking yesterday evening after officially launching the project, Governor Simon Kachapin said the lights will help business community to carry out their businesses day and night.
“We can to create a conducive environment for the business fraternity for them to work all day since they contribute a large percentage to our county government revenue,” he said.
Kachapin also disclosed that the lights will help curb insecurity in Mathare and Aramaget estates since the areas were previously hit by insecurity.
Kachapin expressed fears that the project may not be successful due to frequent blackouts experienced in the towns.
“We fear that irregular power interruptions we experience could cause more damages as power surges would result to bulb filaments blowing off most of times,” he said.
He asked Kenya Power and Lightening Company to take control on the blacks since it would be expensive to replace the bulbs each time they blew off.
The governor, also observed that the lights will help passengers traveling to Lodwar town at night to stop over in the towns and buy essential goods they need before proceeding with their journey.
He said the project will be extended to other towns in the county including Chepareria, Sigor, Alale and Kacheliba.