Government should install flood lights in all three counties
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago continues to reap the benefits, particularly within the sporting spectrum as a result of the State’s decision to fund and maintain lighting facilities at several grounds across the country.
This initiative has also enhanced community cooperation since it is the residents’ duty to protect and operate the lights when they are needed —to be turned on and off. While there are other significant benefits that can be attributed to the lights their relevance to today’s increasing nocturnal activities cannot be ignored.
It has therefore become necessary for the government to establish at least one permanent lighting facility in all three counties that will provide a great degree of pleasure and satisfaction to the increasingly workaholic population, some of whom, otherwise do not enjoy the luxury of time during the day.
While my bias may be for cricket and to suggest that the lights should be strategically placed at Everest, Albion and the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground; their positive effect on the other sports will also be tremendous. I was particularly heartened when the Legendary Clive Lloyd who is currently the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) for cricket in Guyana acknowledged the necessity for same to be done, in a quest for our players to be equipped with the challenges of night cricket.
I am hopeful therefore that with his influence and foresight, the foreseeable future will be bright at [nights].
It is my hope, therefore, that the government will respond in due course,so that the social and economic integration of our society can be further enhanced. There is now an increase in sporting activities that relish the serenity of the evening and which unfortunately cannot consistently survive without the accompaniment of those spectacular lighting plants.
I can see the permanence of such facility doing wonders for the residents of Essequibo who are starved of quality entertainment and otherwise proper preparation of our athletes who cannot train under lights because there are none.
Instead the evening becomes the retirement of the residents and the bad habits go to work. Societies can successfully strive with properly planned evening activities and the installation of flood lights is part of the answer.