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How civil war brought me into transportation – G. U. Okeke

Chairman, Board of  Directors, G. U. Okeke Transport Services Company Limited, Chief Godwin Ubaka Okeke, has said he ventured into transportation business immediately after the civil war in 1970.

Chief Okeke, who is also chairman, Board of Directors, ANAMMCO Ltd., said though he suffered with his family just like any other Igbo in the 30-month war, the moment it was announced that the war had ended, he and his brother trekked 12 kilometres between his Adazi-Ani community to Nnewi, Anambra State, just to confirm the report.

He noted that after the confirmation that the war had ended, he took his parent’s Peugeot 404 saloon car to Onitsha to check if the family’s businesses were still  intact.

Narrating his experience, Chief Okeke said as he was about to return to Adazi-Ani, many passengers going to Enugu were milling around his car.

His words: “They were asking me if I was going to Enugu and it was obvious they were not sure if any other vehicles would come around. So I took eight passengers to Ogbete in Enugu and charged them one pound each.

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“Interestingly, when I got to Enugu, immediately the ones I picked from Onitsha alighted, the ones going to Onitsha rushed to my car and I took them, charging them the same amount.”

He said he would have made another trip to Enugu that night because many passengers were waiting and were obviously stranded.

“In view of what happened that day, I arrived Onitsha from Adazi-Ani as early as 5a.m. to resume conveying passengers from Onitsha to Enugu and back,” which, according to him, signalled his foray into transportation business.

He said he later bought a Volkswagen Combi bus to carry passengers from Onitsha to Lagos, adding, “I also introduced two Mercedes 911 for haulage and, interestingly, that was how the journey started.”

 

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