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In a bid to promote economic development and improve the well-being of the people, Kenya Power has signed an agreement with the county government of Lamu for the installation and maintenance of street lighting within the county.

The two institutions will also co-operate in other areas such as construction, operation and maintenance of electricity infrastructure, trading in electricity, policy formulation in the electric energy sector, human resource and capacity development energy efficiency and conservation.

Lamu County joins 16 other counties that have signed agreement with Kenya Power for street and public lighting with the aim of improving security and enhancing a 24-hour economy.

Street lighting project

The street lighting project started in 2014 mainly to rehabilitate street lights within Nairobi County and later spread to other main towns like Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri, Eldoret, Nakuru and Machakos among others.

So far 500 towns, markets and centres have been covered. The national government has funded most of the schemes while some counties have funded some schemes from their budgets.

Kenya Power is the implementing agent for the street lighting project. Read more: Moi International Airport to operate on solar power

The national government has disbursed KShs13.5 billion for this project and so far schemes worth KShs 6.7 billion have been completed. Schemes worth KShs 6.8 billion are on-going.