Tuesday, 30 April 2013

$470M Abuja CCTV-Cameras & Solar-Panel "Pack-up After 6 Months"

Solar Street Light Abuja
This single unit was probably knocked down by a vehicle as is seen from different angles of pictures taken and the dent around the base, but the people in charge left it to rust away until it irritated concerned citizens to the extent that they had go out of their way to take these pictures. A simple maintenance culture would save lots of money instead of waiting for the whole system to collapse then award a new contract to but new units.

I live in a small town in Malaysia, and about a fortnight ago, there was a thunder storm over night. During this heavy rain, a very big tree fell over the road blocking access and cutting power line to the street I live. This event happened around 3:00 AM in the morning. A few minutes after the rain, you could hear workers already trying to clear the road, one lane was cleared in the dark and as soon as day break, everybody that was suppose to be there was there, working. By 9:30 AM, a new power pole was already installed and power was back. Apart from the NEPA/TENAGA guys, every other individual involved was from a private company.

You could see the name of the companies on their trucks, i think they call them government liked companies (Contractors working for the government). Everyone one knew their responsibility and the mess was cleared before noon, apart from the root of the tree that had to be lifted 2 days later using a crane, everything was back to normal in a few hours. Impressive, right? That's one thing about Malaysia that impresses me, their attitude towards infrastructural development and maintenance. You'll always go "wow, cool", especially those of us from other developing countries. I think they've been able to institutionalize infrastructural maintenance, at least in peninsular Malaysia and especially States controlled by the ruling government.

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