An electronic auctioning platform has been unveiled by the Nigerian Customs Service with which cargoes that have been forfeited to the Federal Government could be sold to Nigerians through a transparent bidding process.
The e-auctioning exercise was performed at the Nigerian Customs headquarters by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) on Monday. Members of the e-auction committee present at the event included representatives from the Central Bank of Nigeria, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control among others.
Speaking at the exercise, Col. Ali described the launch of the platform as a game-changer for the service as it would bring about transparency and consistency in the disposal of seized vehicles back to the general public.
He said, “The launching of the e-auction platform today marks a complete departure from the manual process of the past that was opened to abuses. In the past, stakeholders had accused the Service of nepotism, short-changing the government of revenue through arbitrary auction fees to be paid by allottees and sundry corruption allegations against the Service.”
“Consequently, since my assumption of duty as the CGC, suspension order was placed on the manual auction to give way to development of an electronic platform that will be secured, transparent, capable of increasing revenue as well as providing equal opportunities for all Nigerians who are interested in the process.