Light is citizens’ right
By: Akol Arop Akol
One of the most important services that citizens need in their daily lives is light and this expectation is fulfilled by the Government.
After some years without national power supply in Juba City, people were relying on their small generators while others hired from Commercial electricity on monthly basis. The need has come to fulfillment when the government lastly brought light into the City.
If you have not known yet, then move on streets of Amarat, Airport roads, Hai Thoura and so on, you will likely see lights on during the day and night. And if you also move at night, you will see the shining streets of Juba.
Despite the conflicts that affected the Country, the Government didn’t wait for agreements to be signed, the Ministry concerned continued working hard to make sure the city is having power. This electricity is also a part of peace-building.
As the citizens will make use of it, they would keep supporting their leaders for making development during hard times. It shows that people should not wait for peace to come first and then begin to work.
The electricity helps night passengers to drive on bright roads, this would control night accidents. It also helps the business people especially women and young boys selling their things at the roadside to operate at night.
Places like Hai Thoura have been the most peaceful and conducive streets for business. Morning to evening they are busy with people sitting or buying. They sit at tea places, shop-verandas and under buildings to relax.
The electricity will also help students who are preparing for their examinations at the end of the year. They would have power at their houses to study or link up at neighbor’s house that has power.
It would have been good if power was connected to schools especially government schools such that students may go and study there.
But most of the schools have no electricity and making it worse, they have no good fences and security hence students cannot go to read at night even if there is light.
The residents at least would minimize charging their phones and computers at commercial charging centers which are even expensive. The amount for charging a phone or batter is 50 SSP while computer is at 100 SSP.
Therefore, some civilians who are not working may not afford this daily. Some even use that 50 Pounds to buy bread to eat and take a liter of water for daily survival.
The power would also help in reducing noise pollution. As there was no National power supply, business people and area-residents bought for themselves small and big generators.
Day and night, there is noise being caused by these generators therefore having a one-power supply will reduce the use of noisy machines.
One complaint is that the power does not reach other areas and residents are not happy because they feel isolated from getting national services.
Areas like Gabbat, Thongpiny, 107, Munuki and many other areas still have no power yet they are the darkest places at night provided that they are far from towns.
Additionally, the roads are flooded and muddy making them impassable by cars. Residents have to go jumping and walking with sticks to support them. It would be good if electricity is also distributed to their areas as soon as possible.