- The Nigeria Customs service has launched a new e-auction platform to speed up its process
- The new process will help to dispose of vehicles seized by the Service from criminals and smugglers
- 43 Nigerians are the first group to benefit from this new platform, 48 hours after the launch
According to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), about 43 persons have won the bidding of vehicles in the first 48 hours of the newly launched e-auction platform.
The public relations officer, Joseph Attah, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday, July 5, in Abuja that the platform was working quite well.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, on Monday, July 3, in Abuja inaugurated the e-auction platform.
According to the Customs, the platform is aimed at giving all Nigerians equal opportunities to partake in bidding for seized vehicles and to increase Customs’ revenue.
Mr Attah said: “At the first day of the launching, there were technical challenges with the e-auction platform and these challenges have already been resolved. Potential bidders can now register smoothly without hitches.
“The first 48 hours expired at 12noon on Wednesday and already 43 persons have won the bidding including a journalist, so you can see this platform is working.
“For now, it is only Jaiz bank that is on the platform, other designated banks are having Interswitch issues and they will soon be on board as soon as they ratify the issues. I understand that today one bank will soon be on board."
“This means the person has activated with Jaiz bank and the bank can key you into the bank system to enable you pay the N1 000 administrative fee, which will be transferred to your e-wallet.
“For those trying to register, they should go to the designated bank area on the platform, click on the Jaiz bank and print out the page from their system and go to the bank to pay.
“This means the person has activated with Jaiz bank and the bank can key you into the bank system to enable you pay the N1 000 administrative fee, which will be transferred to your e-wallet,’’ he said.
However, when NAIJ.com visited the website, it kept showing the following error message:
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This is a link to the website: https://app.trade.gov.ng/eauction. It was earlier reported that the NCS through this new process is set to beat fake agents to their game.
The portal is networked to designated banks to ensure money accruing from the auction gets to the Central bank of Nigeria Treasury Single Account for transparency and accountability.
Watch this NAIJ.com video to see the effect of Customs on the state of Nigerian markets and importation: