Driving or working around at night in Nigeria is a dangerous affair. The dim and sparsely lit streets set the scene for criminal activities and ghastly car accidents. Most drivers rely on muscle memory and their car headlights (if they work) as they navigate through pot-holed and badly tarred roads. Pedestrians equally feel unsafe walking on the streets as they know danger could be lurking in a nearby corner.

Street lights are a crucial component of infrastructure in urban areas; providing safety and security for residents and businesses. The installation and maintenance have consistently been a source of expenses for the government. In Borno the government apart from paying for electricity consumed through street light, it bought heavy duty generators that requires fueling, staffing and maintenance.