By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab
Some road users in Cantonment Street, Lokoja on Sunday commended the member representing Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency, Hon. Barrister Shaba Ibrahim, for erecting street lights in the area, to tackle insecurity and boost economic activities at night.
The road users in Cantonment Street, Lokoja, in an interviews with Nationalwatch lauded the initiative, which they said would have a positive impact on the area.
A resident, Mr Ishaku Aminu, told this reporter that the lights have taken away the myth of ritual killings and other imaginary crimes in the area.
“I have spent about 20 years in Cantonment and every day, we hear several imagined or real stories of crime or rituals, but thank God with these street lights, all that hype is gone.
“People are now more relaxed and I feel safe driving at night. It has also improved security in the area,’’ he said.
Mr Robert Onwuegbuna, a shop owner in GSM village, said that the street lights would improve economic activities on the axis.
A business woman, Mrs Toyin Faroumbi, said that the lights have removed the fear of driving late on the road.
“Before now, I used to run out of the Street during the day because I have phobia for driving at night, but I can drive confidently at night, seeing the road clearly ahead of me,’’ she said.
Mallam Yusuf Ibrahim, a resident of the GBO community, said that the gesture showed that the lawmaker was interested in the progress of people at the grassroots.
“I did not ever dream that street lights will get to Cantonment, but we saw them putting the poles and some of the lights are now working.
“We thank our representative for helping us,’’ he added.
A student, Mr Josiah John, said that night life was better with the street lights and they have also made commuting at night easier.
“When I go to parties, I feel safe returning home because I can see the road and see the commercial motorcycle I am entering.
“You can see police patrol vehicles and knowing that they can spot criminals easily is good, Hon. Shaba Ibrahim has done well,’’ he said.