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Traffic Lights Made in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leonean born Engineer Josephus A. T. During who studied in Russia has made history by designing and constructing the first home-made traffic lights in Sierra Leone with locally produced materials using solar panel and mini batteries at his 52 Johnson Street Aberdeen home in Freetown.
The home made traffic lights can be used at strategic intersections within the city to direct the free flow of traffic. The traffic lights operate with a 10 second signal interval for the red, yellow and green lights.
Speaking to Awoko at his workshop flanked by his Russian wife and son the former lecturer at the University of Sierra Leone (Fourah Bay College) and also manager of the Advisory Service for Technology Research Development said “the traffic lights were designed to be electronically operated using locally produced materials in Sierra Leone.”
The traffic light project initially started at the Engineering department of the Fourah Bay College. They used solar, 12 volts battery or 6.5 watts and electricity for its operation.
Engineer During explained that the traffic lights are made of quality equipment to ensure maximum permanence and can endure any environment. They can also be used for pedestrian zebra crossing and directions.
The Engineer said the National Petroleum Company initially funded the project and the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) has also expressed keen interest to support the project but they are yet to show commitment and determination towards it. 
“It took us two years to complete the pilot project due to lack of technical support and funds,” the engineer explained.
He said “we are capable of producing more street lights for the city of Freetown and can also train university students to embark on mass production of traffic lights in the country when there is support towards the project.”
The traffic lights he explained can be erected at the road side on top of a standing pole at strategic positions where it can be seen from a distance by both motorists and pedestrians. 
He also said that “the traffic light project can be used as a catalyst for technology development in the country to create job opportunities for many.”
During said “we are planning to install some of the traffic lights in the city and we will monitor them closely for a redesign, noting that the traffic lights are efficient, effective and ready for use and modifications can be made if there is any problem.”
Engineer During said his innovation is the first of its kind in the world because each traffic light has its own system with battery and solar noting that the traffic bulbs are also available locally. “My traffic lights can be used to solve the congested traffic problem within the city,” he added.
He said the cost of production is affordable and called on the Government and the Freetown City Council to make good use of his innovation to make Freetown free of traffic congestion so as to save time and money.
Engineer During also said that it is better to support his traffic light project to produce more, than to purchase much expensive ones from abroad.
This innovative idea is being supported by his Russian wife who is also an Engineer.
By Saidu Bah

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