Daily Archives: July 19, 2016

ABC Sprinter Connects Accra Route

ABC Transport’s Sprinter service has commenced operations to Accra, Ghana, with effect from 1st July, 2016, running alongside Coach West Africa, ABC flagship coaches on that international corridor.

This is informed by the increasing demands for Sprinter service by customers along the West Coast of Africa.

ABC Sprinter is designed to satisfy the particular needs of light travelers: passengers who like to travel light with little or no luggage, and this service operates medium-size fully air-conditioned buses. Unlike the typical midi-buses deployed by some road transport operators, ABC Sprinter buses are more spacious, with enough legroom necessary to reduce the strain on such long distance trips.

In addition, ABC Sprinter buses carry 14 passengers only and boast of neat, cozy interiors. With their compact sizes, the average bus is best suited to operate in challenging road conditions and finding a way through tricky hold-ups along that cross-border corridor.

The buses are equipped with speed governors enabling the drivers to avoid over-speeding, based on the strict standards for which ABC Transport is known. ABC Sprinter service is favoured by small groups, tourists and smart travelers who would rather travel with fewer luggage.

Although ABC Sprinter has mainly operated in Lagos, Abuja, Jos, Kaduna, Owerri, Calabar, Uyo, Ibadan and Port Harcourt, its services will now be available in Accra [Ghana], Lome [Togo], and Cotonou [Benin Republic]. Meanwhile, under the ABC Corpers’ rebate, National Youth Corps members are entitled to a N500 discount on fare every time they travel with ABC Sprinter.

ABC Transport Plc is Nigeria’s leading coach operator and the only road transport operator currently listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. ABC Transport provides haulage services for Lafarge HOLCIM, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Beta Glass, Procter and Gamble, and Impacto Nigeria, etc., besides running third party warehousing at Katamkpe, Abuja and the City Transit Inn, a budget hotel in Utako, Abuja.

Shan George’s ‘One Good Man’ Premières In Abuja Month End

All is set for ‘One Good Man,’ a film made by popular Nigerian actress and movie producer, Shan George to première in Agura Hotel, Garki Abuja come July 31.

This is as contained in a statement to the media issued in Calabar through Obaji Akpet, the movie’s publicist.

The must-look-out-for flick exploits different twists of a power drunk firstlady [role played by Vivian metchie] and how she met her worst nightmare in the hands of Zinny, her own son [Kingsley Donald].

Apart from Vivian Metchie, the movie left no stone unturned in assembling an ensemble of stars including Segun Arinze, Shan George, Lilian Bach, Femi Branch, Lepacious Bose, Eric Anderson, Ibok Ekpenyong while introducing Kingsley Donald and Winifred Duke.

The movie directed by Stanley Williams also introduces sultry photo vixen and ex-Cross River Most Beautiful Girl beauty queen, Prosper Ayuk into acting.

The blockbuster flick when finally released to the public will be another Shan George’s painstaking efforts in adding to the Nigerian filmmaking genres; and she’s credited to have produced 25 movies after her first film titled ‘All For Winnie,’ a film she did in 1998 while as an undergraduate at the University of Lagos.

Shan is also known to be so much in touch with Cross River, her home state in production of her films as she always particularises utilising the state’s beautiful locations in bringing up actors and crew from there raising their par of international best practice in movie venture.

Shan, in the statement called on all expectant movie goers to go see the film, whose premier is sponsored by Air Peace, Nigeria’s airlines; and to be attended by societal big wigs including one time Cross River gubernatorial contender, Chief Jeddy Agba.

By Obaji AKPET, Calabar

ATPN Cautions Gov. Ambode On Tarzan Jetties

The Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria [ATPN] has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State to reconsider his decision to seal off the Ikoyi Jetty of Gani Tarzan Boats and unilaterally revoke the lease agreement the state entered with the water transport company to use some jetties in Lagos as a springboard to develop water transportation the state and also access islands in the state for touristic purposes.

The President of ATPN, Malan Kabir, in a release titled ‘No, Governor Ambode’, said it was unfortunate that after spending and putting in so much to develop water transportation in the state, hostility is now being visited on Gani Tarzan Boats by the state government.

His words: “When Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s government approached the managing director of Tarzan Jetty, Mr. Ganiyu Balogun [De Boatman], to invest in the hitherto waterlogged areas to complement the government efforts of easing the monstrous traffic jams, little did the boatman imagined that a day would come when he would be thrown out.

“When he was encouraged by the then government to rehabilitate the marshy and waterlogged areas, as a businessman, he took it very seriously. He brought his expertise and funds and invested. It became a very good service to the people who move around daily for their daily bread. He greatly contributed in making things easy to the transportation of hundreds of people.

“Now the order being given by the government of Ambode is, to say the least, unfortunate. This certainly will send a wrong signals to both local and international tourism investors in the state. Because tourism has a long gestation period where one makes investments and waits to reap the benefits at much later years.
This is exactly what Tarzan Balogun and his company did. He made his investments and now time for him to recoup his investments.

ATPN therefore advised the Lagos State to tread carefully and that the matter should be handled properly. The association called for dialogue. It said the state should look back at the days when the state jetties were yearning for development, not now when it is being cleaned and put to use by the dexterity and business acumen of Ganiyu Balogun.

It continued: “We, members of ATPN, are watching carefully how this issue is resolved. It will help us shape our thoughts about the state. But certainly the harassment and threats being issued by the Lagos state must stop now and pursue the path of dialogue. This will give the necessary confidence investors need, especially tourism investors, whose investments take a long period to mature.”

It would be recalled that last month, the Lagos State government shut down Tarzan Boats’ loading jetty at Ikoyi, Lagos and ordered him to vacate the jetties which the company allegedly leased from the state for 25 years.

Malawi Ready To Relocate 500 Elephants

Malawi is about to host one of the world’s largest elephant translocations. The ambitious project, coordinated by non-profit organization African Parks in conjunction with Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife, will see 500 elephants moved from Liwonde National Park, where conservation efforts have resulted in a surplus of elephants, to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, located near the shores of Lake Malawi.

The process to move the elephants, set to begin next week, is a bit laborious; firstly helicopters will be used to fire tranquilizer darts into the animals. Then cranes will be used to lift the elephants onto trucks which will transport the elephants about 300 km overland.

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve has been depleted of wildlife for years and it is hoped that the elephant translocation and plans to eventually move another 1,500 animals of various species there will allow the reserve to offer a superior safari experience.

As Malawi Tourism spokesman Kelly White put it, “Malawi will become one of the most complete destinations in Africa, with lake, landscape, culture and now wildlife experiences of the very highest quality. Warm, welcoming and unspoiled, Malawi really is just waiting to be discovered.”

African Parks and the Malawi government already have a history of success in wildlife conservation; the two entities previously teamed-up to restock Majete Wildlife Reserve with 2,500 animals including Africa’s ‘Big Five.’

By Kevin Wierzbicki