Customs Defends Controversies Generated Over E-auction Platform

By Suzan Nwachukwu, Abuja

Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) has blamed the glitches experienced in the first round of it’s perceived controversial e-auction on inability of other commercial banks to hook up to the platform.

Irrespective of the fact that only only Jaiz bank with very limited branches across the country participated in the online bid, Custom has gone ahead to proceed with the second phase of the bidding process.

In a statement made available to newsmen and signed by it’s Public Relation Officer Mr Joseph Attah, the first 48 hours bidding produced 43 winners with130 vehicles uploaded.

He said, “While 282 people registered, 268 were enabled with 245 able to generate e-wallet assessment. Out of 177 that recharged their e-wallets, 68 bided and 43 emerged as winners.”

However, following public complaints, questions and commentaries on the e-auction platform, Custom service said that all the 23 Customs duty collecting banks were carried along, properly trained in the process prior to the launch of the platform.

According to the statement, “When the platform was developed, it was subjected to user acceptability test with all the banks including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).”

“Throughout this period, no bank indicated any problem with the platform. However, upon launch of the platform on only Jaiz Bank was discovered to be ready and active on the platform.”

He stated further that the service has equally sent out letter to CBN expressing the need for the Apex bank to confirm the readiness of Commercial Banks to ensure the success of the project.

“While we are being told that other banks are making frantic efforts to sort out whatever technical problem that is to hook up to the platform, this clarification is necessary to correct whatever wrong insinuation that could be generated as a result of having only one bank presently on the platform.” it said.

The second round of bidding started yesterday Monday 10th July 2017 and will stop at 12 noon on Wednesday 12th July 2017.

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