Group raises alarm as Osun govt failed to complete flyover project as promised

Group raises alarm as govt failed to complete flyover project as promised

The Transparency and Accountability Group (TAG) has berated the State government over her failure to the much publicised Olaiya Flyover at the promised date to the people of the state.

In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Ayodeji Ologun, the group recalled that despite the myriad of issues raised on the project and its construction, the flyover was promised to be delivered to the state in nine months.

TAG which acknowledged government’s capacity to acts as it desired stated unequivocally that it will not relent in its efforts to make the government answer for the allegations of the violation of the State Procurement Law on the project.

“TAG also must put on record the difficulty the project has brought upon the people of the state with attending casualties while the project lasts.

“We demand a speedy completion of the project bearing in mind that the yuletide is almost here when the volume of traffic in the state capital is expected to rise, hence the road passing through Olaiya becomes most needed.

“In our pursuit of transparency, accountability and probity in government, we wish to state categorically, that the State’s past must be carefully reviewed, to proper guidance to the future and this will only be achievable if the State Government is not found covering up the excesses of the immediate past administration.”

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The group which maintained that it has taken the assignment upon itself because parties often lacked the capacity for decorous engagements added that it no explanation for its motivation even as government officials may assume it is being sponsored by opposition elements.

“We will not leave the state’s people in the hands of a government that will not act right and an opposition that is irredeemably dysfunctional.

“TAG remains committed to the tenets of Accountability, probity and transparency in governance,” it concluded.

Meanwhile, the State Government has revealed that the desire not to standards, improve aesthetics, expansion of work scope and the heavy rainfall experienced in Osogbo were factors that impeded the progress of work and a in completing the much publicised Olaiya flyover within the scheduled nine months time frame.

Speaking on behalf of the state government, the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Oluremi Omowaiye in an interview with journalists in Osogbo also disclosed that the need for due diligence test to be performed on the structural stability of the flyover was also a contributor to the delay.

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Omowaiye also stated that other reasons for the included, carrying out test on the layers of the retaining walls and allowing for proper due diligence laboratory of the soil to be conducted before proceeding, as a result of which some weeks were .

While explaining that the government appreciate the residents and road users for their understanding and cooperation, he also assured them that with the stage and pace of work on the project, it would be delivered before the end of the year.

Recall that Governor Adegboyega had while flagging off the construction of the flyover in , promised Osun residents that the project would be ready in nine months.

The project is a 625 metre bridge which was awarded to Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Limited at four span of 15 metres each with two underpass bays for U – turning to Fakunle, Justrite and MDS/Post Office.

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The cost of the project was put at three billion, eight million, one hundred and seventy nine thousand eight hundred and twenty nine naira, amounting to two billion, seven hundred million net of all taxes.

The project was flagged off on the 18th of February 2021 by the state governor.


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