Osun Government on Monday has disclosed that the desire not to compromise standards, improve aesthetics, expansion of work scope and the heavy rainfall experienced in Osogbo were factors that affected the progress of work in the completion of Olaiya flyover bridge within the scheduled time.
The government affirmed that with the current stage and pace of work, the project would be delivered before the end of the year.
It commended the residents and road users for their understanding and cooperation so far.
Governor Oyetola during the construction flag-off in February assured Osun residents that the project would be completed in nine months.
The State Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Hon. Remi Omowaiye, during the interview with newsmen said the need to perform all “due diligence for the structural stability of the flyover contributed to the delay.”
He also noted that “Because of the depth of the retaining wall, the Consultant insisted that it has to be layers. And on each of the layer, we have to carry out test before we proceed.
“At the beginning too, we lost some weeks because the Consultant insisted that the samples of the reinforcement and even the rock under it must be taken to three different laboratories in different states to satisfy all due diligence before we proceeded.
“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.”
However, a former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Osun State, Barr. Kolapo Alimi who is also an ally of former Governor Aregbesola last weekend in a video obtained by TOS NEWS condemned the bridge, saying it fails “Brain Test.” He maintained that the bridge cannot beautify the location and reduce traffic.