Last week, a huge sinkhole swallowed a section of a road in the Japanese city of Fukuoka. The hole, near a busy intersection, measured 27 metres wide, 30 metres long and 15 metres deep. Ongoing subway construction works were suspected to be the cause.

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In an incredible demonstration of Japanese workmanship and efficiency, the road has been repaired in barely two days. Workers filled the hole with 6,200 cubic metres of sand and repaired all pipes, electrical and internet cabling in record time. The road was opened to vehicles and pedestrians yesterday and it’s almost as if the whole incident never happened.



Social media has not stopped singing praises of Japanese authorities for their quick action.

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People, even in developed countries, are contrasting with their countries and how long it would have taken their local governments to act.

Here in Kenya, it would take a couple of months for authorities to realize there is a problem. Then a couple of weeks to visit the site. Two months later they’ll float a tender. Internal arguments over how much they will steal will drag the progress by another month. The contractor will mobilize a few weeks later. Divert the road for a couple of months with the equipment being idle most of the time. By the time they return to rectify their initial shoddy work, one year has passed.

We truly have a long way to go.




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