- House to probe NCS non-auction of confiscated goods;
- Goods worth N6 billion degrading rapidly;
The Nigerian Customs Service headed by the Comptroller General, Colonel Hameed Ali is now undergoing a probe at the House of Representatives under the Committee on Customs and Excise for failure to auction confiscated goods.
This was pursuant to an adopted motion on the “Need to Investigate the Failure of the Nigerian Customs Service to Auction Confiscated Good”; just a day after the Upper Chambers resented Ali for failure to appear before it in its official uniforms.
Rep. Prestige Ossy (Abia-PDP) who sponsored the motion said noted that the ban on the auction of goods seized by the NCS made the Federal Government owners of the seized goods.
House Rep. Ossy was worried that since the ban was implemented in 2015, “it had resulted to the proliferation of seized goods at various formations of the Nigerian Custom Services’’.
Rep. Ossy noted that the goods confiscated countrywide included vehicles, consumables, clothing materials and containers of assorted household goods.
Ossy made it clear that rather stand auction the confiscated items amounting to billions of naira, the NCS abandon them to degrade.
He said “most of these goods, especially the vehicles with Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth over N6 billion, are rapidly depreciating.
“The Customs service will eventually spend huge amount of money in disposing them when it ought to have generated huge revenue for the government by auctioning them before they wither away,’’ he said.
The Rep. member from Abia also noted that though the NCS had earlier announced the establishment of a Website for auctions in 2015, the Website has not come online for over two years.
“The failure to auction goods in its custody had denied the Federal Government over N1 trillion which ought to accrue to it from the auctioning of those goods,’’ he said.
The House of Representatives adopted the motion, after which passed it to the Committee on Customs and Excise to investigate and report back to the house in eight weeks.