President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday officially launched national street lighting project funded by National Government in Mombasa.
Speaking during the launch , the President said government is determined to ensure every Kenyans household is connected to electricity by 2020.
The street lighting project will be implemented by Kenya Power Company at a cost of ksh 224 million under the new 24-hour economy programme dubbed Mwangaza Mtaani.
Areas to be lightened are the Mombasa CBD, Old Town, Nyali, Likoni, Majengo, Bondeni, Mbaraki, Changamwe and Kongowea.
The Mwangaza mtaani programme which is expected to propel major towns towards a 24–hour economy will also be implemented in Kwale and Kilifi at a cost of more than ksh 120 million.
According to statehouse Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, the national government will implement the program in Malindi , Watamu, Timboni and Gede in Kilifi county at a cost ksh.94 million.
In Kwale County, Ukunda, Diani and Tiwi will have street lights installed also by the National Government at a cost of KSh 62 million.
According Mr Esipisu, electricity is a key ingredient in industrialisation and economic growth
The 24-hour economy concept is also being implemented in Nairobi, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nyeri, Kiambu and West Pokot where lights are being installed as we speak.
The 24–hour economy benefits Kenyans by increasing the number of jobs available, and increases productivity by using available manpower, space and technology in more efficient ways, all for the quicker growth of our economy, according to the Statehouse Spokesman.