Nigeria Customs schedule another batch of e-auctioning for July 10

Nigeria Customs adopts the e-auction to avoid usual nepotism and favouritism that characterise government activities in Nigeria. 

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced another e-auction bidding from July 10, 2017, as the service begins uploading more items on the portal.

NSC informed the public on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, of its plan to auction seized and contraband items through a technology driven process for transparency.

After the end of the 48 hours electronic bidding which started on July 1, 2017, NSC has hinted the public of another bidding round to start on July 10.

This disclosure was made by Mr Joseph Attah, the Public Relation Officer of NCS during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Abuja.

“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 emails to all the winners.”

He also said 43 winners emerged at the end of the first batch of the process while stating that the service hopes to increase items for bidding and participation of commercial banks.

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

“The next batch 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.

During the first bidding patch, 282 bidders registered while 245 were able to generate e-wallet and only 68 bidders successfully made the payment of N1000 ($3.37) administrative fee.
This shows about 27.8% of the interested were able to make a bid. The challenge was adduced to technical issues with the participating commercial banks.

According to NAN, Some Nigerians interested in participating in the e-auction complained of difficulty in accessing the platform since July 3, when it was inaugurated.

Mr Joseph said the Service hopes the portal would be more user-friendly in the next batch of bidding.


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