Nigeria Customs to begin another round of e-auction bidding

Cars in the port
Cars in the port

The Nigeria Customs Service will commence the next batch of 48 hours of electronic bidding on July 10 as it reloads the portal with more items.

The Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Joseph Attah, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

Mr. Attah said the announcement of the 43 winners that emerged after the 48 hours of bidding ended the first batch.

“Every batch lasts for 48 hours, the first 48 hours lapsed at noon on Wednesday. The system completely locked everybody out, and then presented a report and automatically sent mails to all the winners,” he said.

“The next batch of bidding will commerce on Monday July 10, for another round of 48 hours bidding.

“The next batch hopefully will be better as other hitches earlier experienced in the first batch would have been addressed.

“Hopefully, more banks would have been on board by Monday,’’ Mr. Attah said.

According to him, 282 bidders registered for the first batch.

He said out of the said figure, 268 bidders were enabled, while 245 were able to generate e-wallet access.

The NCS spokesman said bidders that were able to recharge their e-wallet, (people that were able to pay the N1,000 administrative fee) were 68.

Mr. Attah said the wide gap between the 245 e-wallet access and the 68 bidders who were able to recharge was due to a challenge with the banks.

He said hopefully, the portal would be more user friendly in the next batch of bidding.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Hameed Ali, had on Monday in Abuja inaugurated the e-auction platform aimed at giving all Nigerians equal opportunities to purchase seized items, including vehicles.

The process which is being done through bidding on the e-auction platform is also aimed at increasing Customs’ revenue generation.

In the first batch of bidding, some Nigerians interested in participating in the e-auction, complained of difficulty in accessing the platform since July 3, when it was inaugurated. (NAN)


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  • James

    Why won’t the system performed below expectations when the whole process was tailored to favor and promote Jaiz (Islamic) Bank? They tactically blocked other banks so that people would be forced to transact with Jaiz bank, the sole bank that has the access code to function, while other banks that have been in operations in the country for many years were denied access. The whole thing is self-serving because it’s not transparent, it is discriminatory, it is a great disservice to the Nigerian populace. When people are genuinely asking for restructuring, referendum to renegotiate Nigeria, the govt of the won’t listen, yet they won’t stop the second neo-colonisation that’s going on in the country.
    I refused to be secondhand citizen in a country that doesn’t respect my existence, fundamental rights; I refused to succumb to evil machinations in the land.
    What we want is equity, fairness, justice and liberty – we want egalitarian Nigeria. If you can’t guarantee that, there’s no point being together. Enough is enough.

    • Felix Ideh

      Why are you people always complaining? You blame most problems Nigerians have on muslims.

  • Psalmist

    I feel some people need to be educated about auction. As it baffles me how people place outrageous amount on used vehicle they have never seen, tested, nor heard the sound before yet they could bet their last penny on the vehicle I am beginning to doubt the credibility / Transparency of this whole process all together as used cars are sold almost 100% above their face value… It goes a long way to show how much trust we have in our system! May God help Nigerian and our Leaders. If this scheme is really to give room for the less privileged to assess please help us dissuade the rich auto dealers from placing outrageous amount on the bid!!! Please, let be bid be seen to be fair to all. Thank you.