…appeals to residents to bear with inconveniences
By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola on Thursday flagged off the construction of the Olaiya Flyover in Osogbo.
Speaking at the flagoff ceremony, Oyetola explained that the project was in a swift response to the need to secure the future population explosion, meet traffic needs, eradicate needless auto crash and enhance the quality of lives of the people through timely and prompt infrastructure development.
The Governor who disclosed that the project would be funded through the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA), said the APFA entails that the contractor will fund the project, while the State repays the contractor over a period of time so as to enable the government to free up resources for other important obligations.
He assured that the construction of the flyover would not in any way stop the government from delivering on other dividends of good governance, including citizens’ welfare, regular payment of workers’ salaries and pensions, completion of ongoing projects and initiation of more.
The proposed flyover, which will be handled by Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Limited, is a 4-span of 15m each, with two Underpass bays for U-turning to Fakunle/Justrite and MDS/Post Office. It is a 295.95m length of Bridge Approach Ramp, 196m long Fakunle Ramp, 99.95m long MDS Ramp, with slope of Ramp being 3 percent.
Similarly, the project is designed to accommodate articulated vehicles with intelligent lightning devices and smart traffic control devices.
Oyetola, who assured the residents, particularly business owners around the site, of government’s consciousness to their livelihood, appealed to owners of businesses around the project site to bear with the Government, as it will try as much as possible to minimise inconvenience.
“Realising that the closure of this road will bring some temporary difficulties, we have made enough provision for alternative routes to serve vehicular needs. The demonstration we carried out a few weeks ago has provided us relevant information with which to plan and make life easier for you all.
In his remarks, Commissioner for Works and Transport, Engr. Remi Omowaye, noted the project would as well go a long way to complement some of the new roads approved for construction and rehabilitation by the Oyetola’s led administration.
Also speaking, the Chairman/CEO Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Limited, Mr. Abel Adeleke, assured the government and residents of quality and standard service that can stand the test of time.