Over 1000 APGA faithfuls from Owerri Zone gathered at APGA Secretariat to witness the great event.
Ndigbo APGA bu nke anyi.
Mr. Frank Nneji, OON the Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and Director of Associated Bus Company Plc.(ABC) is a native of Ezuhhu Nguru, in Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, born to a retired soldier (father) and a retired nurse (mother). Frank attended University Of Nigeria Nsukka where he studied Biological Sciences, and graduated in 1982.
While at Nsukka, Frank contested for the position of the Transport Officer in the UNN students Union Election. In those days he was known for making his pocket money by conveying fellow students to sporting events for a fee in his personal car. When Frank Nneji graduated from Nsukka, he trained at the Lagos Business School and Whaton Business School Philadelphia United States Of America. Frank made his earliest money by publishing and selling past question papers. It was from the venture that he made enough money to travel to Italy on a student rebate ticket where he purchased clothing items for sale.
Later, Nneji set-up a company, called Rapido, which supplied educational materials. He started with the supply of writing boards, most of which he made by himself. The small company later metamorphosed into the leading producer and marketer of audio-visual products in West Africa. In the year 1993, Nneji set up a transport company that started with Hiace buses with a loan. The name given to the company was Associated Bus Company. Not long after, their operations in Nigeria spanned the entire country; north, south east and west. ABC transport eventually became a Public Limited Company, making it the first transport company in Nigeria to be quoted at the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Frank have also served the public in various capacity. Between the years 2000 and 2003, he was the President of Owerri Chambers Of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture. He represented the transport sector in the board of Federal Road Maintenance Agency. Frank Nneji is a recipient of the National Honour Of The Officer Of The Order Of The Niger (OON). In the year 2001, the Imo State Government Awarded Him Rate Model Entrepreneur and honourary Fellow Of The Chartered Institute Of Logistics And Transport, UK.
2: Frank Nneji of ABC Transport fame takes over ANAMMCO
To roll out 100 vehicles monthly
The man who revolutionised luxury bus transportation in Nigeria has struck again. Frank Nneji, chairman and chief executive of ABC Transport Plc, has launched a bold move to revive the moribund heavy duty truck manufacturer, Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMMCO).
ANAMMCO, located in Emene, Enugu, which has been moribund for several years, is being recalled to life by an assembly contract agreement it signed with Nneji’s Transit Support Services (TSS) Limited, reports BusinessDay.
According to the paper, “Sequel to the contract, TSS has acquired an assembly line in ANAMMCO and is set to commence full-scale heavy duty and articulated trucks assembly operations next month (October), a move that is expected to see the production of 100 trucks per month in the first phase.
“Coming barely one year after the introduction of the new automotive policy by the Federal Government, industry watchers say the commencement of assembly operations at ANAMMCO will lead to the revival of local component manufacturers in areas such as automotive batteries, lubricants, windscreen, clutch cables, mudguards, wiper blades, brake pads, automobile paints, component for tyres, etc.
“They add that it will also bring about possible creation of new spin-offs, encourage small and big foundries, as well as the nation’s iron and steel industry, and ultimately lead to creation of thousands of jobs, many of them for several previously disengaged skilled workers of ANAMMCO.
“The TSS/ANAMMCO deal comes on the heels of an earlier deal between TSS and Chinese commercial vehicles manufacturer, Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Import and Export Company Limited, an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), for the assembly of Shacman range of trucks in Nigeria.”
BusinessDay says it was told by Nneji, chairman and chief executive of TSS Limited, that the assembly plant was expected to have the capacity to produce an estimated 100 units of light and heavy duty trucks, tankers, lorries, tractor heads of up to 50 tonnes, tippers and concrete mixers for different applications.
“The 100 units are expected to be produced on one shift alone, with capacity to double the number on the back of demand and supply,” the report says, adding: