Osun State Government on Monday explained that improved aesthetics, expansion of scope work and torrential rainfall witnessed in Osogbo coupled with the desire not to compromise standards were responsible for the delay in completing the Olaiya Flyover at scheduled time.
The government, however, assured that with the current stage and pace of work, the project would be delivered before the end of the year, saying it is just a weeks delay.It appreciated residents and road users for their understanding and cooperation so far.
Recall that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had while flagging off the construction of the flyover in February this year, promised Osun residents that the project would be ready in nine months.
The State Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Hon. Remi Omowaiye, in an interview with journalists, said the need to perform all ‘’due diligence for the structural stability of the flyover contributed to the delay.
He added that ’’Because of the depth of retaining wall, the consultant insisted that it has to be layered. And each of the layers, we have to carry out tests before we proceed’’.
‘’At the beginning too, we lost some weeks because the consultant insisted that the samples of the reinforcement and even rock under it must be taken to three(3) different laboratories in different States to satisfy all due diligence before we proceed.’’
‘’All these were responsible for the reason we won’t be opening up the place this November as earlier promised. We are deeply sorry about that. However, let me assure us that with the level of work so far done, before the end of December, Olaiya Flyover will be up and running . We thank the people for their understanding and cooperation”.