The Olaiya intersection was on Thursday, February 18, 2021, closed down.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Transportation, Olatoke Olaniyan, announced that Olaiya would be closed down for nine months for the construction of a 625-metre flyover to arrest the incessant and avoidable accidents and gridlock associated with the area.
“At the official flag-off ceremony of the construction of the Ọlá-Ìyá Flyover in February 2021, the @StateofOsun promised that the project will be commissioned for use after Nine Months. It’s over a year already & that important part of Òṣogbo is still blocked. #OpenOlaiya4use
“Dear @StateofOsun @GboyegaOyetola @Benedictalab @remiteo, we appreciate you for the construction of the Ọlá-Ìyá Flyover. However, we write to inform you that the unending blockage of that important road has affected numerous lives and businesses. Kindly #OpenOlaiya4use.
“ICYDK: Emergency Service Providers always go through hell whenever there’s an emergency situation around Jálẹ́yẹmi, Odi-Olówó, or Fágbewésà axis. There was a day a particular firetruck on a rescue mission got stuck in traffic along Gbódófọn Area. #OpenOlaiya4use.”
“It is inhumane to prioritize flamboyant commissioning over people’s livelihood and ease. Periodic release of route plan is deceitful. #OpenOlaiya4use”
@Mazota_, “We join thousands of residents of Osogbo asking the Osun State Government to open the Olaiya flyover for use. Businesses around Olaiya are crippled while moving around the town has been difficult due to the closure of the heart of Osogbo.
Another Tweeter user, @Phunmie_A tweeted, “We are tired of the stress. There is fuel scarcity yet we can’t move freely @GboyegaOyetola please open Olaiya for use Edakun #OpenOlaiya4use”
Also, @simeonboxco tweeted, “I support the millions of Osun residents calling for the opening of the completed Olaiya Flyover. This is not that people should be able to use the bridge particularly but to ease the pressure on other roads that have been in place in Osogbo for close to a Year.
A Twitter handle, @trendings247 tweeted, “Politicians should consider the economic implications of their games and their effect on citizens. I spend an extra fee on transportation to work @lukmanadeotillc because of Osun State’s government delay in opening Olaiya flyover in Osogbo. #OpenOlaiya4use.”
According to him, “It will be opened in a couple of hours. There is an installation ongoing that will be completed today. Once it is completed it will be open just for people to know how it will be operated.”
“The facilities are in the open. We have challenges with our road government properties along Owode Ede down to Osogbo; all our street lights have been stolen or vandalized so we don’t want a situation again.
We want to ensure that we provide adequate protection to the facilities we have installed. We are looking at completing the protection wall today. God willing, in the next one or two days we will open the Olaiya bridge, then we will announce the day of the official commissioning of the road later,” he said.
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