Customs Begins E-Auctioning Of Vehicles To Boost Revenue, Fight Corruption
The Nigerian Customs Service, NCS on Monday unveiled an electronic auction platform by which cargoes that have been forfeited to the Federal Government could be sold to Nigerians through a transparent bidding process.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (Rtd), performed the unveiling at an event which had in attendance, members of the e-auction committee made up of representatives from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC among others.
Ali described the launching of the platform as a game-changer for the service as it would bring about a regime of transparency and consistency in the disposal of seized vehicles to Nigerians.
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.
“It’s been a long walk to an era of a system that will ensure transparency and accountability in such a way that leaves nobody in doubt that NCS has the capacity to discharge its responsibilities with utmost sincerity.”