Chairman, Board of Directors, G. U. Okeke Transport Services Company Limited, Chief Godwin Ubaka Okeke has disclosed how he ventured into transportation business immediately after the civil war in 1970.
Chief Okeke who is also the Chairman, Board of Directors, ANAMMCO LTD said the moment it was announced that the war has ended, he and his brother trekked a twelve kilometre distance between his Adazi-Ani community to Nnewi, Anambra state just to confirm the report.
He noted that after the confirmation that the war has ended, he took his parent’s Peugeot 404 saloon car to Onitsha to check if the family business were still intact.
Chief Okeke said as he was about to return to Adazi Ani, when many passengers going to Enugu were milling around his car.
“They were asking me if I was going to Enugu and it was obvious they are not sure if any other vehicles would come around, so I took eight passengers to Ogbete in Enugu and charged them one pound each.
“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 recalled.
He said he would have made another trip to Enugu that night because many passengers were waiting, obviously stranded.
“In view of what happened that day, I arrived at Onitsha from Adazi-Ani as early as 5.00am to resume conveying passengers from Onitsha and Enugu which according to him signaled his foray into transportation business.
He said he later bought a Volkswagen Combi bus to carry passengers from Onitsha to Lagos.
“I also introduced a two Mercedes 911 for haulage and interestingly that was how the journey started,” he concluded.