By Oluyinka Onigbinde
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has said over N49 million has been generated on the e-auction platform of the Nigeria Customs Service with 254 winners recorded in one month across the country.
The public relation officer of the service Joseph Attah, made this known in a statement on Friday Attah said that 6,560 persons were able to recharge their e-wallet of N1000 administrative fee and participated in the bidding process.
Attah informed that with 19 commercial banks now hooked to the platform, interested bidders now have the option of choosing banks nearest to them for ease of transactions. In his words “Four weeks after the official launch of the NCS e-auction platform, https: app.trade.gov.ng/eauction by the Comptroller-General of Customs, a total number of 254 winners have emerged across the country with over N49 million already generated.
“NCS has already taken steps to deal with the challenges posed by fraudulent bidders who log in to frustrate other genuine bidders by placing bogus and unrealistic figures. Attah also added that in some cases, they send SMS to supposed winners congratulating them.
Apart from de-activating the Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) of these elements, the option for second highest bidder to win when the highest winner fails to pay has been jettisoned. “In such situation, the item reverts to the system for fresh bidding. Winners are informed only through e-mails from the system not by SMS,” Attah said.
According to him, the System is being re-programmed to automatically reject such criminal antics. Attah advised fraudulent bidders to keep off the platform and allow interested Nigerians to reap the benefits of the transparent system that presented equal opportunities to all.
Adding that Customs resolve to ensure the success of the e-auction was motivated by the inherent benefits of the platform.
Attah said that the platform was secure, provided opportunity to generate more revenue for government and gives equal opportunities to all interested persons.
He added that the platform was transparent, accountable and free from vices associated with manual process of the past. “For the avoidance of doubt, NCS wishes to assure the general public that the e-auction platform will continue to go live for 48 hours between Monday, 12 noon to Wednesday, and 12 noon every week,” he said.