President tasks security to investigate desutruction of Motorway street lights

President MahamaThe President, John Dramani Mahama has directed the security agencies to investigate the destruction of street lights, and intensify their patrols on the Motorway.

“While you are trying to build the nation, others are also destroying it,” he said, and asked that those found destroying and stealing the lights, should be ruthlessly dealt with.

President Mahama gave the directive in Tema on Friday, when he inspected the street lights on the Motorway, following The Ghanaian Times publication on Tuesday about the destruction of over 163 fibre-glass street light poles, which were either cut down with hacksaw or burnt at the base, with their lamps stolen.

The inspection was to enable the President acquaint himself with the extent of damage caused to the street lights.

President Mahama described the thieves behind the destruction of the street lights as “saboteurs and nation wreckers”.

He said the negative development was highly unacceptable, wondering how people could be so wicked to commit such acts against their country.

He said it cost the nation a lot to erect those lights, adding that such indiscipline would not be tolerated.

He therefore, charged the security agencies to take action, and also called for vigilance among the residents along the road, and users of the road to report irregularities to the authorities.

“All of us citizens must wake up,” President Mahama said and directed that all suspicious characters on the Tema Motorway must be reported as in his opinion, if the public had done this, the condition would have not degenerated to its present state.

He said such public vigilance is needed to prevent a similar situation on the N1 Highway in Accra, where almost all the street light lamps on the road had been stolen.

He reiterated the need for the security agencies to be “alert”, and also called on the institutions in charge of the facility to work on the exposed cables and re-install the street lights, to ensure the safety of road users at night.

Mr. Isaac Ashai Odamtten, the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, assured the President that patrols would be intensified, and measures put in place to curb the stealing of lamps and the destruction to properties on the motorway, as well as the arrest of the culprits.

From Dzifa Tetteh, Tema

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