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Mandela delays - same ol', same ol'

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:09 AM


I do not know why I am not surprised to see the online headline 'Delays on Mandela due to cable-laying exercise'. However, I know why I should have been.

First, because I know that we in Jamaica do not seem to understand that planning is something that we should do. We in Jamaica are probably the only people in the world who are building a road that might take, say, one year to complete, and yet no one from the Jamaica Public Service Company, FLOW, or National Water Commission is informed of the planned works. So you have excavation work done, you have filling work done, you have paving work done.

Then you have folks from the utility companies coming round the site complaining that they need to dig up the road to lay pipes, and cables. So you ask, "Where were you when all that work was going on?"

It is sad. The truth might cause offence, but it is not a sin. I said all that to say, where were all these folks when the roadwork was being done? Now we hear that there will be delays.