For his astute entrepreneurial energy matched by critical, game-changing philanthropic interventions in diverse communities; for helping to redefine the transportation sector in Nigeria and West Africa through his compelling business vision, Mr. Frank Uzoawuotu Nneji, OON, is The AUTHORITY Icon.
A man of many parts, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and Director of ABC Transport Plc (Associated Bus Company Plc) and has served as the President of Owerri Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OCCIMA) from 2000 to 2003 and has also represented the transport sector as a pioneer Member of the Board of Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA). Meet Mr. Frank Uzoawuotu Nneji, OON.
He was born April 30, 1960, in Kaduna, to a retired soldier (father) and a retired nurse (mother) and hails from Nguru, Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area, of Imo State. He attended the University Of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), where he studied Zoology, graduating in 1982, with a B.Sc. While at UNN, he contested for the position of the Transport Officer in the students Union Election. Back then, he was known for making his pocket money by conveying fellow students to sporting events for a fee in his personal car.
After graduation, he trained at the Lagos Business School and Wharton Business School, Philadelphia in US. Ever very entrepreneurial, he made his earliest money by publishing and selling past question papers. It was from the venture that he made enough money to travel to Italy on a student rebate ticket where he purchased clothing items for sale.
He set-up a company, called Rapido, which supplied educational materials. He started with the supply of writing boards, most of which he made by himself. The small company later metamorphosed into the leading producer and marketer of audio-visual products in West Africa. In 1993, he set up a transport company that started with Hiace buses with a loan. The name given to the company was Associated Bus Company. Not long after, their operations in Nigeria spanned the entire country; north, south east and west. ABC transport eventually became a Public Limited Company, making it the first transport company in Nigeria to be quoted at the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
He has won many awards for his innovation and successful business initiatives, a few of which are the Outstanding Young Person of the Year award in 1997 from Nigerian Jaycees, 2001 Fate Model Entrepreneur of the Year Award for creating excellence and ethics in business from Fate Foundation; Silver Jubilee Award from the Imo State Government for distinguished contribution to the development of Imo State also in 2001. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), UK, and a recipient of the National Honour of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).
Over the years, he has also contributed immensely to the development of many communities through donations and various community service development programmes. In recognition, he has been honoured with several awards for his innovations in the transport industry.