The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has indicated moves to carry out its first online auctions in two years.
The NCS in a bid to ensure that the auction process of seized goods is not compromised, has set up auction committees at various commands across the country.
The service has also prevented officers of the Service and their family members from participating in the bid process.
Spokesman of the Tin Can Port Command of the NCS, Mr. Uche Ejesieme, confirming the development to newsmen in Lagos said that a circular has been issued from the customs headquarters to all commands for the constitution of the ‘auction committees’.
Ejesieme also said that the online auction to be commenced by the Service is not open to customs officers and their family members.
He further disclosed that the duty of the auction committees is to compile the list of cargo seized at their command and forward it to the headquarters.
Mr. Ejesieme noted that since the auction process was stopped in 2015 with the exit of former NCS boss, Abdullahi Inde Dikko, some of the commands have been overflowing with seized cargo.
“A committee has been set up at all commands and have been asked to compile the consignments in their commands.
According to the Tin Can Port NCS Commander, the compiled lists would then be sent to headquarters for collation and processing.
This he said, so that by the time the online portal is opened, people would start to bid.
“We want to ensure that what they are bidding for is actually on ground.
“Since 2015 that Dikko left, the action has been stopped and some of the commands would have been overflowing with seized consignments”