This Day (Lagos)

18 March 2007

Nigeria: ABC Transport Records Giant Strides

Lagos — The Cross River State Government has taken another giant step towards enhancing public service in the city of Calabar by inaugurating the Calabar Urban Mass Transit Scheme, as the Associated Bus Company Plc, operators of the ABC Transport, were appointed managers of the Scheme.

Present at the grand occasion of the launching of the first phase of the Calabar Urban Mass Transit Scheme were the Executive Governor of Cross River State

"Mr. Donlad Duke and his wife - Onari, the Deputy Governor" Elder Dr. Walter Eneje, the Managing Director of Associated Bus Company Plc.-Mr. Frank Nneji, Bishop Achibong Achibong, the representative of MB-ANAMMCO, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Cross River State- Mr. Eyo Ekpo and other important dignitaries.

Immediately, after the official commissioning of the buses, the dignitaries took a ride round the Calabar - "Peoples Paradise" to have a practical experience of what the Scheme tends to achieve. The scheme is to be solely managed by ABC Transport in order, according to the Cross River State, to ensure a world-class standard urban mass transit scheme.

The Calabar Urban Mass Transport Scheme is a project planned by the Cross River State Government to alleviate transport problems in the state capital and as well upgrade the system similar to those found in advanced worlds.

According to Mr. Eyo Ekpo, before the scheme came to fruition, a consultant firm undertook a research making this project a well thought-out one. The Managing Director of MB-ANAMMCO, the supplier of the buses, reliably declared that the company would service the 1,721 buses, which he preferred to call the Nigeria City Bus. The Governor noted that the 'Metro Blues' was a fulfilment of his promise, some few weeks earlier, to utilize the taxpayers" money for the provision of public amenities. Mr. Donald Duke received an unexpected standing ovation for his achievement. About 25pieces of eighty seater MB (turn-style) have been injected into the system to cover three routes within Calabar municipal area.

The major aim of the scheme is to maintain quality of life by minimizing the urban road accidents, road congestion and air pollution, thereby reducing greenhouse emission. Prior to the scheme, the Government of Cross River State regulated the use of motorcycle as a means of transportation within the urban areas due to the menace associated with it, such as fatal accidents, criminal activities, congestion, flaunting of traffic rules and pollution of the environment.

ABC Transport is honoured to be the Operator of this laudable scheme andhaspledged to maintain its well-grounded expertise, presently witnessed in the system, in order to deliver a world-class transport service to the people of Calabar. In another development, ABC Transport, Nigeria's leading road transport service provider, has launched six new Coaches to enhance passenger operations in the West Coast route of Benin Republic, Togo and Ghana.

The Coaches are to service the West Coast sub-region for maximum travelling comfort on international routes. The luxury buses procured by ABC Transport are the latest generation of Busscar buses, which are fully air-conditioned with unique features and facilities comparable to modern luxury busses deployed in advanced countries.

The buses are characterised by extraordinary configurations which represent a fusion of devoted studies, keen attention to details and artistic blend of technology andaesthetics typical of Mercedes Benz automobile products. Creativity and innovation were incorporated into the fabrication of these buses so that the customers enjoy utmost comfort and safety.

ABC Transport prides itself as the foremost when it comes to innovations in enhancing passenger's comfort and safety. It is setting another pace in the Coach operations in Nigeria. Due to the demands occasioned by the growing economic activities in the West Coast region, the company decided to inject these additional buses to its fleet in order to take care of excess demand by customers who have come to rely on ABC Transport services.

With the increase in fleet capacity servicing the West Coast route, ABC Transport customers will now enjoy supplementary premium services coupled with faster delivery. Moreover, this is a welcome development as it comes at a time when most countries in the West African sub-region are opening up their economies for upsurge in economic activities.

In a bid to enhance its service delivery, the company has commenced electronic ticketing process that will enable travellers purchase tickets from the comfort of their homes and offices through the internet. ABC Transport hopes to enhance payments for tickets and other numerous services required by its highly esteemed customers via this online facility, thereby making services faster, easier and more convenient.

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