Customs Rakes-in N285m at 20th e-auction from 706 winners

The Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says the Service has generated more than N285 million through its ongoing 20th e-auction.

Attah, who disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja, said that 706 winners had emerged from the e-auction.

According to him, out of the 5,454 persons that registered for the exercise, more than 4,865 placed bids with 706 winners emerging.

“So far, 706 vehicles have been won with N285.253million generated as revenue for the Federal Government,’’ Attah said.

He said the Comptroller-General of NCS, retired Col. Hameed Ali, launched the e-auction platform on July, 3, 2017, to ensure transparency and integrity.

Attah explained that the introduction of the e-auction process was based on the need to eliminate abuses associated with the manual process.

“This is to ensure maximum revenue from the process, while still providing equal opportunities to all interested Nigerians to log on to the e-auction portal and bid for any items they wish.’’

Attah said that the portal was opened to all interested persons to bid between 12 p.m on Mondays to 12 p.m on Wednesdays every week.

According to him, the management and disposal of seized or overtime items by NCS are done strictly in line with extant laws.

“The NCS will continue to be careful in handling goods at its warehouses so as not to be dragged into unnecessary litigations by claimants as a result of illegal disposal,” said Attah.