You must recall when, a couple of years ago, luxurious night plying buses with names with -Chukwu suffix, touts as conductors and “attachment” on the aisle, were the norm for travelling medium and long distances in Nigeria. Today, this Onitsha-based monopoly has been broken by a new generation of companies with a more organised way of doing things plus a touch of class and the internet. ABC Transport Limited arguably leads this new transportation system.
Founded in 1993 by Rapido Ventures, the company became a stronger contender in the transport business when Capital Alliance Private Equity (CAPE) Acquired a substantial share of the company. Since then, the company hasn’t looked back as they have extended into other services. Do you know the company? How well do you know the company? Well, here, we bring you five of the must-know facts about the company.
1, They travel overseas.
No, you don’t always have to board a plane to leave the shores of Nigeria. Well, except you want to travel to the West and do not fancy the trek across the desert into Europe via Lybia, you will need a plane. If, however, you want to go to another neighbouring West African countries, ABC Transport coaches (ABC Coach West Africa) are there for you. The transport company travels to Lome, Togo; Cotonou, Benin Republic, and Accra, Ghana; and back.
To use ABC for any of these journeys, you need to have an international or ECOWAS passport (no hanky-panky) and a current vaccination card against yellow fever (health first).
2, They will give you the full treatment.
The fear of running stomach is a potent one for many travellers in Nigeria. You do not have the control of when and how often a bus should stop, even when it stops, there is no guarantee for toilet facility. But with ABC Transport, this worry is archaic. In an ABC bus, you have access to a toilet facility. On top of that, you get lunch. Airconditioning, non-stop journey, television and magazines, and reclinable seats are comfort passengers take for granted in ABC. Have you boarded a plane before? If no, try ABC’s “An Airplane on Land” buses: it is a noble rehearsal.
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3, The company doesn’t go to the Far North.
While ABC Transport is an international company and cross borders, they are not fully represented in the Nigerian map. They go to the north but to cities in the middle belt axis such as Jos, Kaduna and Lokoja. ABC doesn’t go to Kano, Sokoto, Yola, Bauchi and Maiduguri.
These are the cities ABC Transport ply in Nigeria: Abuja, Aba, Awka, Owerri, Onitsha, Lagos, Umuahia, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Uyo, Calabar, Warri, Benin City, Lokoja and Akwanga, (Nassarawa State)
4, They have a strong online presence.
You can book your ticket online in their site (open in another tab!). While on the site, you can choose to book a one-way ticket or a round-trip ticket; you can choose the type of bus to board (be it the Executive Express or the Sprinter Service); you can pay online and come to the station ready to go. And they have a mobile app. You can download any of their Apple or Android applications in Apple Store and Google Play respectively.
5, They are more than a transport company.
Besides the business of transporting humans from point A to G, ABC equally run a courier business. Under their Cargo Express, ABC will deliver your goods to any part of Nigeria. Well, not every part (for now), these parts: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Onitsha, Owerri, Calabar, Aba and Lokoja, every day, in Nigeria; and Cotonou, Lome and Accra, across the borders. They have home delivery services. You can charter their truck and move your goods only or hire it and move your goods yourself. They also have a City Shuttle in Port Harcourt, Umuahia, Calabar, Warri, Enugu, Onitsha, Owerri, Aba, Awka and Uyo.
ABC is also into the business of hospitality. They have a hotel under their City Transit Inn department in Abuja. Water-heaters, airconditioning, movies, satellite television, telephone services and complimentary breakfast are some of the perks that come with lodging in the City Transit Inn.