Winners Emerge in Customs Online Auction Process

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A total of 43 winners have emerged from the first round of bidders in the recently launched Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) electronic auction of seized and condemned items .
The portal went live on July 1,2017 as earlier announced by the NCS amidst doubts that it was real as a result of fear of scammers
Customs spokesman, Joseph Attah who confirmed the number of winners, described the first attempt as a success and assured that the system will continue to improve for the benefit of its users and the government.
He said the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Department of the service has intensified efforts to achieve ease of using the application portal

Attah said ”the maiden round which lasted for 48 hours, had vehicles of different makes,categories and models.It featured 282 registered bidders . A total of 268 bidders were enabled while 245 of them generated e-wallets assessment.  68  people were able to recharge their e-wallets with  N1000 before bidding .
Attah added that those who were unable to utilise their recharged e-wallets before  first batch 48 hours elapsed  can use it to bid when the second batch comes up on Monday 10th July 2017 for another 48 hours  bidding  period.
He said the identified  challenges encountered in the first batch are being addressed by the ICT unit of the customs. Hopefully more  commercial banks will come on board to ease access  for payments.
”We are coming up with the second batch which will be uploaded on Monday and will stay up for another 48 hours before that batch of bidding will close again. The Service appears to be leaving  up its promise of providing  equal opportunities for  all interested persons while generating revenue for the Government the e – auction
”Our Controller General ,Col. Hameed Ali is committed to ensuring  the highest degrees of transparency and fairness are maintained in the auction process. We will continue to guard against any form of abuse.
” Nigerians should have no reason to fear or worry over the activities of fraudsters as this system will keep them shut out permanently” Attah said.
The ongoing process is in line with Section 167 (2) CAP
C45 and Section 2 (1) and (2) CAP C46 of the Customs and Excise
Management Act (CEMA), which gives the Service the powers to dispose
seized and overtime cargoes after they must have undergone judicial process(court condemnation).

Non perishable items seized by the customs have been in various Government Warehouses across the country for over 18 months when auctions were suspended.

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