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ABC Transport has clocked 30 years, having commenced operation in Nigeria on February 13,1993, with just two buses. The company has grown to be a formidable force, providing safe, comfortable, and reliable transportation and logistic services to millions of Nigerians and beyond.

Specifically, ABC Transport now a household name in the transportation industry, has a fleet of over 500 vehicles and a network of over 60 locations across the country.

The company says it has also expanded its operations to other African countries such as Ghana, Togo and Benin Republic.

A statement by the firm notes that over the past 30 years, ABC Transport has achieved numerous milestones, one of which was introducing luxury buses with onboard restroom facilities, television, air conditioning and other amenities; and offered on-board refreshment.

“These effects offer a high level of comfort to passengers and made ABC Transport the first Nigerian transport company to offer real luxury Coaches to its customers,” it states.

ABC Transport is also credited for being the first and only road transport company to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

It says, “The company has also been recognized for its outstanding performance in the transport industry, winning several awards and accolades both nationally and internationally.

“ABC Transport was first to establish ultramodern Terminals in Nigeria and beyond.

“ABC Transport rolled out Coach West Africa on July 16, 2004 with new state-of-the-art fleets – featuring the most modern coach service in the West African sub-region. Coach West Africa brought West African countries closer than ever imagined. This initiative stimulated ECOWAS integration in terms of travel, tourism and trade.”

One of the initiatives of the company is the establishment of Driver Training Academy and it graduated its first set of trainees in 2004.

It states, “The DTA was founded with a mission to ‘prepare and produce’ for Nigeria’s motoring environment, law abiding and safety-conscious drivers who appreciate the value of human life.

“It admits trainees from within ABC Transport and other organisation wishing to benefit from the comprehensive training packages approved by the Federal Road Safety Commission.”

ABC Transport scored another first in the industry when it introduced the online booking platform in 2007, making it easier for its customers to book their trips and pay online from the comfort of their homes and offices. The mobile app was later introduced to enhance self-service.

ABC Transport has continued to expand its services with a focus on diversification.

“Today, it stands to be the most diversified Transport company in West African sub-region; having launched a hospitality arm with City Transit Inn in Utako to serve Abuja travellers; logistics and warehousing with its ABC Cargo Express Ltd, and Haulage services with ABC Hauls.

ABC Cargo Express, which started as a division of the company, has now grown to be a wholly owned subsidiary of the parent company.

ABC Transport has ventured into vehicle assembly. In 2012, it took 50% stake in Transit Support Services Ltd, which is into assembly of heavy and light duty trucks with its flagship brand, Shacman (fire trucks etc.) & Forland trucks, Asiastar luxury buses and Baw mini buses and ambulances.

The company said it had lined up several activities to commemorate the 30th anniversary, including customer and staff appreciation events.

Speaking on anniversary, the Managing Director/CEO of ABC Transport PLC, Mr Frank Nneji, says: “As we mark the 30th anniversary of this great company, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to our customers, stakeholders, partners, and employees for their unwavering support and loyalty over the years.

“We remain committed to providing excellent and innovative transportation services that meet the needs of our customers and are looking forward to the future.”

The Group Head, Innovation & Strategy, Mr Victor Nneji, speaks on the future of the company.

He says, “As we look towards the future, one thing is certain: the possibilities are endless. With advancements in technology and a commitment to innovation, we are confident that our business will continue to provide safe, reliable, and efficient service to our valued customers for many years to come.”

Despite daunting challenges of doing business in Nigeria in the last 30 years, ABC Transport says it has not only stood the test of time but has maintained its spot as a top player in the travel and logistics industry.

It described its founder, Frank Nneji, as a visionary entrepreneur with a reputation for innovation, adding that his commitment to excellence has been the driving force behind the company’s success.

Frank Nneji (2nd from right) presenting keys to two mini buses to ABC Transport pioneer drivers, to mark the company’s 25th anniversary in 2018.

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R.T. Briscoe begins conversion of vehicles to run on CNG/LPG 

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R.T. Briscoe begins conversion of vehicles to run on CNG/LPG 

R.T. Briscoe Plc has commenced conversion of petrol and diesel vehicles to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Group Managing Director of the company, Mr Seyi Onajide, disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists in Lagos.

He also unveiled a number projects embarked upon by the company including securing the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to raise N10 billion through a savings and investments scheme.

Onajide said the automotive division of the conglomerate decided to set up a CNG/LPG conversion facility in line with the Federal Government’s CNG initiative (Pi-CNG).

“We started the conversion of petrol or diesel engine cars into CNG and LPG without government funding and we believe it is the future of automobile industry. We have successfully done that on some pick-up vehicles,” he said.

The R.T. Briscoe CEO said the company had submitted a proposal to the Presidential CNG committee.

“They invited us to participate in the CNG initiative. We believe that the average vehicle owner in Nigeria and even commuters can benefit from this initiative because it has a lot of benefits. It will save costs for the motoring public,” he said.

Onajide said the CNG conversion kits being used are manufactured in Europe with one of the best global rating standards .

He added that the automotive division of the R.T. Briscoe has well-trained technical and professional team that could handle the installation.

Even as he noted that the future looked promising, he observed the initiative could be impeded by the non-availability of CNG and LPG refilling stations and expressed support for a hybrid model.

He said, R.T. Briscoe had approached some corporate institutions that are fleet owners that have justifiable reasons to build gas-refilled plants on their premises.

According to him, until gas-refilling stations are readily available, CNG would be limited to big organisations that could house and store gas.

The highpoint of the event was the inspection with a test drive of the finished vehicles converted to run on CNG.

RT Briscoe Plc is engaged in the sales and servicing of Toyota vehicles, technical services, material handling and property development and management.

The Presidential CNG Initiative (Pi-CNG) is a component of the palliative intervention of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration directed at providing succour to the masses occasioned by the hardships of the fuel subsidy removal policy of the Federal Government.

With a projected $2.5 billion investment by 2027, the Presidential CNG Initiative plans to drive Nigeria towards a sustainable and prosperous future, where every citizen has the opportunity to thrive.

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Customs CG for auto industry summit, stakeholders express support 

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Major stakeholders in the automotive sector have expressed support for the maiden edition of the Nigeria Auto Industry Summit (NAISU) scheduled to hold at Radisson Lagos, GRA Ikeja, on June 27, 2024.

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Mr. Adewale Adeniyi, and officials from the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) are expected to speak on myriad challenges facing auto importers and how to boost the confidence of stakeholders in the clearing process.

The event is being organised by the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) in partnership with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC).

A statement by the organisers said the event had received major boost from Weststar Associates Limited, the authorized distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the country; and Carloha Nigeria, the exclusive distributor of Chery in the country.

Other leading stakeholders that have keyed into the event with full commitment are Toyota Nigeria Limited (TNL), Lanre Shittu Motors, Globe Motors and CFAO Nigeria, while others are expected to join the efforts to move the industry forward any time from now.

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs & Excise (NCE) , Mr. Adewale Adeniyi and officials from the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) are expected to address the myriad of challenges facing auto importers at the summit in order to boost the confidence of stakeholders in the clearing process.

Envisioned as an annual flagship event of the country’s automotive industry to rally all stakeholders together in addressing the challenges facing them, the auto industry summit will recommend practical solutions to the government through a communiqué at the end of the event in order to fully explore the great potential in the automotive sector for national development .

Expected to be declared open by the Minister of Industries, Trade and investment, Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, the summit, which has as theme, ‘Reviving Nigeria’s Economy through the Automotive Sector’, will have the NADDC Director General, Mr. Joseph Osannipin, as the chief host.

The NADDC boss is expected to be supported at the summit by members of the Nigeria Association of Automotive Manufacturers (NAMA) as well as leading stakeholders across Nigeria.

Commenting on the importance of the summit for the development of the country’s automotive sector, Chairman, organizing committee of NAISU, Femi Owoeye, said, “Initiating this summit is vital, especially at this moment in history when Nigeria is struggling to map its way out of the prevailing global economic despair.

“Being one of the drivers of the global economy, the automobile industry, if given the necessary impetus in Nigeria, is capable of transforming the country to an automotive manufacturing hub in Africa.

“To this end, Nigeria Auto Industry Summit shall annually produce significant information compost that would help the government to make it happen. That is why the maiden event is themed: Reviving Nigeria’s Economy through the Automotive Sector.”

On his part, Chairman of NAJA, Mike Ochonma, said, “Significantly, the summit shall bridge the information and communication gap between the nation’s auto industry stakeholders and relevant government agencies.

“Moreover, annually, the summit shall give a single and united voice for the auto industry leaders to set developmental agenda aimed at kick-starting and driving relevant government policies towards a sustainable development of the automotive industry in Nigeria and ultimately position the country as a frontline beneficiary of the African Free Trade Agreement Area.”

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ASPAMDA, SON forge partnership against fake auto parts distribution 

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President of Auto Spare Parts and Machinery Dealers Association (ASPAMDA), Trade Fair complex, Lagos, Lagos, Hon. Ngozi Emechebe, has said the association does not condone the distribution of fake parts in the country.

This, according to him, is why ASPAMDA collaborates with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria to rid the market of fake auto spare parts.

He made the remarks at the opening ceremony of a three-day 2024 West Africa Automotive Show (WAAS), held recently in Lagos.

Emechebe, who spoke on the topic ‘The Challenge of Substandard Parts in the Market’, said, “At the ASPAMDA market in Lagos, we do not tolerate the distribution of fake parts as our members are well informed and enlightened to avoid dealings in fake parts.

“To tell you how serious we are against the distribution of fake parts within our market, we have partnered with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) who facilitate periodic seminars against fake parts.

“We have also provided a permanent office for SON inside our market, where full time SON personnel are stationed, working with us in this regard.

“Let me seize this opportunity to commend SON for its relentless fight against fake parts in Nigeria.

“I also want to call on other auto parts markets in Nigeria to emulate the example of ASPAMDA in its partnership with SON.

“However, I call on the Federal Government to boost the capacity of SON so that it can expand its operations in fighting this scourge in Nigeria.

“The fight against production and selling of fake auto spare parts must be seen as a collective responsibility. All stakeholders must therefore collaborate to expose those engaged in the criminal act and severely punish the criminals”.

Expressing delight at the choice of the topic, he said, “The choice of the topic for this year is apt. The issue is very important because the challenges posed by fake parts not only affect the industry, but the economy in general, and wellbeing of the country.

“The issue of fake parts is one that I am very concerned about, because it has been discussed in many other conferences before now and it is still a relevant topic even after so many years of discussion.

“Fake auto parts are counterfeit or unauthorised reproduction of parts made to look like genuine parts, but often with inferior quality.

“Fake parts may cost significantly less than the genuine parts, but they are often unreliable and potentially dangerous.”

Recalling that the issue has been around for a very long time, the ASPAMDA president said, “In Nigeria, the issue of fakery is not new as there is hardly any industry or sector that is not challenged by the faking of original products.

“However, in the auto sector, the use of fake parts has led to many Road Traffic Crashes on our highways resulting in injuries and deaths; and economic wastage as unsuspecting patrons of fake parts are forced to spend more on the long run.

“Experts have also estimated that Nigeria loses about N100 billion annually as a result of road crashes, many of which are caused by the use of fake parts on automobiles.

“The issue has also contributed significantly in stunting the genuine growth of the auto industry in Nigeria”.

He spoke on the benefit of genuine parts. Emechebe said, “The use of genuine auto parts comes with a lot of benefits such as safety which should be a top priority for any vehicle owner.

“Investing in high-quality automobile spare parts ensures your vehicle is safe and reliable; and it also ensures guaranteed warranty protection.

“Other benefits associated with the use of genuine parts include lowering total cost, ensuring quality and reliability.

“A non-genuine spare can offer a lower “up front” cost. This may provide a short-term gain, but it takes no account of the total cost.”

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