Motorway street lights stolen

??????????A total of 163 streetlight poles along the Accra-Tema Motorway, have been cut down and the butts removed thus negating the lighting up road at night.

The glass fibre made streetlight poles, were destroyed by either cutting with hacksaw or burning at the base.

The Ghanaian Times during a ride along the road at the weekend discovered that of the 163 destroyed poles, 98 were cut with hacksaw at the base while 65 were burnt at the base with lorry tyres.Fifteen of those not affected were without bulbs.

The stretches of grass between the carriageway have been burnt and a number of lorry tyres said to be used in burning down the glass fibre poles could also been seen around.

About nine of the poles knocked by vehicles were also seen lying, but not cut off.

Mr. Collins Donkor, Regional Director of the Ghana Highways Authority, when contacted by The Ghanaian Times, confirmed that his outfit was aware of the development, and was strategising to preventfurther destruction of the poles.

He said the act, which was first detected in July 2014, was reported to the Police, Fire Service and National Security apparatus and as at January 3, this year, additional 37 bulbs were found to have been stolen.

He urged the public, particularly those living along the road and motorists to be vigilant and to report any burning or suspicious activities around the poles to the security agencies.

He ruled out the possibility of the mentally deranged often found along the stretch as the cause of the fires resulting in the destruction the burning of the poles, saying those people did not live near the poles.

He said some of them had have been living in the area for years, and could not responsible for the destruction of the poles.

Some motorists who ply the motorway daily, told The Ghanaian Times that the burning of tyres on the road poses a threat, as the smoke makes visibility difficult at night.

Mr. Abdul Wahab, a member of the Biakoye Drivers’ Union who shuttles between Tema and Accra, urged the authorities to be proactive and address the situation to avoid any loss to lives and property.

“We cannot see other vehicles, humans or even potholes to avoid because of the smoke, and this is very serious,” he said.

From Dzifa Tetteh, Tema.

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