Ali Hameed, Comptroller General Of Customs



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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday flagged off its orchestrated electronic auction (e-auction) platform, for a verifiable disposal of goods it impounded as contraband.


The NCS Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali (retired) who officially inaugurated the e-auction platform, assuring Nigerians of a transparent seizures disposal regime, also stated that the inauguration marked a complete departure from the manual process that was opened to abuse.


“What we are doing today is in line with the guidelines of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA).



“It is therefore my pleasure to formally inaugurate the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) e-auction platform and to wish all bidders good luck.



“The upgrade of Customs to an electronic platform auctioning is still in line with the provision of Section 167 (2) CAP C45 of CEMA,” he said”, he explained, stressing that the need to escape stakeholders’ past allegations of nepotism or favouritism on the part of the service, with attendant loss on government revenue; particularly through arbitrary auction fees paid by allottees.



Ali maintained that the essence of the platform was to give equal opportunity to all Nigerians buying seized goods from the Customs, in addition to a direct increase in revenue generation.



Ali posited that with the e-auction platform inauguration at noon, all seized overtime cargos that had been forfeited to the Federal Government were now opened for bidding, after a two-year suspension, which began since Col. Ali took over leadership of the Service.


“Since my assumption of duty as the CGC, suspension order was placed on the manual auction to give way to the development of an electronic platform that will be secured.



“It is been a long walk to an era of a system that will ensure transparency and accountability, leaving nobody in doubt that NCS has the capacity to discharge its responsibilities with utmost sincerity’’, the Customs boss stated further, lauding the e-auction committee members, which comprised of Customs officials, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and partnering banks.



It was however not confirmed if with the e-auction inauguration, items like rice which hitherto went to DIP camps would stop or not.




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