Customs e-auction portal opens, 43 persons win vehicles
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says no fewer than 43 persons have won the bidding of vehicles in the first 48 hours of the newly launch e-auction platform.
The Public Relations Officer Mr Joseph Attah stated that the e-auction is working and made the clarification following numerous complaints from interested bidders that they could not access the Customs’ auction websites
The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, on July 3 in Abuja inaugurated the e-auction platform aimed at giving all Nigerians equal opportunities to partake in bidding for seized vehicles and to increase Customs’ revenue.
He said the first day of the lauching came with challenges but that the challenges had been solved. He said potential bidders can now register without hitches.
He said, “For now it is only Jaiz bank that is on the platform, other designated banks are having Interswitch issues and they will soon be on board as soon as they ratify the issues.
“I understand that today one bank will soon be on board,’’ he said.
Attah called on potential bidders to be calm and make use of the bank available on the platform for now until other banks could come on board.
He said, “For those trying to registers, they should go to the designated bank area on the platform, click on the Jaiz bank and print out the page from their system and go to the bank to pay.
“This means the person has activated with Jaiz bank and the bank can key you into the bank system to enable you pay the N1, 000 administrative fee, which will be transferred to your e-wallet.’’
Several people attempting to access the site have complained of messages like “Dear user, the server is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance or upgrade. Please refresh the page in a few minutes.’’