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Olaiya Flyover : Commuters, Business Owners, Traders Looking Forward To End Of 9th Month



Ongoing construction of Olaiya flyover in Osogbo inaugurated on 18th of February, 2021

Residents in Osun State Capital, Osogbo and commuters who ply the Olaiya road including business owners, traders are patiently waiting for the Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s administration to commission the Iconic Olaiya flyover.

Blaze Newz gathered that the ongoing Olaiya flyover which was inaugurated by Governor Oyetola on February 18, 2021 will be due for commissioning next month, November.

The Olaiya flyover construction according to the governor will take nine months before it will be delivered to road users.

Speaking during the inauguration of the flyover, Governor Oyetola said “The Olaiya Flyover project is in response to the need to enhance the quality of lives of our people and improve the infrastructure our city, which in recent years is becoming more populated and boisterous on account of increasing business activities.

Governor Gboyega Oyetola inaugurating the Olaiya flyover, Osogbo

“The implication of this is the growing traffic around major routes in the State and specifically, the Olaiya axis, leading to waste of man hours by residents in our State.

“Sadly too, there have been countless cases of accidents of commuters. I have personally witnessed few of these unfortunate incidents. We cannot afford to waste more lives.

“Besides, response to the infrastructure needs and demands of a growing city is a proactive exercise. Therefore, this flyover is a project for today and the future because when the project is completed, we are assured that it will significantly eradicate traffic hassles and make the lives of our valued citizens more secured.

“Just as I promised in my inauguration speech, our Administration is committed to providing relevant infrastructure that supports the prosperity of our people. With this project and many more across our State, we are keeping faith with that promise,” he added.

Speaking to our correspondent , a salon shop owner around the Olaiya flyover construction site , Mrs Aisha Anjonrin lamented the economic meltdown the ongoing bridge construction has caused to her business in the last eight months.

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She said the intention behind the bridge construction is part of developing the capital city of the state which is commendable , however,urged government to keep to the promise of nine months.

She also appealed to government to look for a way of giving consolation to people with shops around the Olaiya area who have been seriously affected by the bridge construction.

Also , a motorcycle rider, Israel Amusan expressed his displeasure over the pains inflicted on his commercial driving business caused by the ongoing Olaiya flyover construction.

“We know when the bridge is delivered next month as promised by the government it will enhance free flow of vehicles around Olaiya area and commuters will be more safer from unwanted accident.

“But buying of spare part to repair my motorcycle always at this period when dollar has crippled value of naira because of some the dilapidated alternative roads available to us is worrisome” he said.

He urged contractor handling the ongoing project to stick to their promise and deliver a quality road for the people of Osun.

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A widow of four children , Iya Adumi ,who sells bread at the road side bemoaned the effects of the ongoing construction on her business.

“I rely on feeding my children from what I get from this business, but since this construction commenced things have been very hard for me and my family.

“I am looking forward to when the bridge will be commissioned ” she said.

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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