The State Government of Osun has explained that the delay in completing the Olaiya Flyover on the schedule was blamed on better aesthetics, an increase of the scope of construction, and severe rain in Osogbo, as well as a determination not to compromise standards.
The government, on the other hand, stated that the project would be completed before the end of the year at the current level and pace of work, claiming that the delay is only a few weeks.
Residents and road users have been thanked for their patience and cooperation thus far.
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola promised Osun citizens that the flyover would be completed in nine months when he kicked off construction in February of this year.
In an interview with journalists, the State Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Hon. Remi Omowaiye, said the need to perform all “due diligence for the structural stability of the flyover” contributed to the delay.
“Because of the depth of the retaining wall, the Consultant demanded that it be stacked,” he continued. Before we begin, we must do a test on each of the layers.
“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.”