‘Cus­toms e-auc­tion dis­em­pow­er­ing Nige­ri­ans’

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY -

The Na­tional Sec­re­tary of Nige­ria As­so­ci­a­tion of Auc­tion­eers, Isi­bor Ab­huli­men has said that the re­cently launched e-auc­tion by the Nige­rian Cus­toms Ser­vice has led to job losses amongst its mem­bers.

He ac­cused the cus­toms of pre – ar­rang­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the e-auc­tion sys­tem, lead­ing to self-en­rich­ment de­void of trans­parency.

He told Daily Trust on phone that the auc­tion­ing plat­form pro­vides em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to a lot of Nige­ri­ans in the busi­ness value chain.

He, how­ever, said that the e-auc­tion re­cently in­tro­duced by cus­toms is do­ing the sec­tor more harm than good.

“You don’t want all the auc­tion­eers here to grow, that’s why you want to take all the jobs, how can you be a civil ser­vant and at the same time want to do the job of pro­fes­sion­als, how will you al­low the pro­fes­sion­als to grow? In Nige­ria, the only rea­son why peo­ple don’t grow is be­cause the peo­ple out there want to do the job of pro­fes­sion­als. The only way this grows is to al­low all traders go into pri­vate busi­ness and the gov­ern­ment is say­ing there is no job, auc­tion­eer in­dus­try is ca­pa­ble of em­ploy­ing a whole lot of peo­ple, right now I have more than 14 train­ing staff un­der me and in­de­pen­dently they have peo­ple work­ing for them,” he said.

He added that many of them could no longer re­tain their em­ploy­ees due to “the dis­em­pow­er­ing na­ture of the new sys­tem.”

“Why take away the jobs of over 100 thou­sand Nige­ri­ans di­rectly that can cre­ate over 400 thou­sand in­di­rect jobs? One of the core goals of the Nige­ria As­so­ci­a­tion of Auc­tion­eers has been job cre­ation, but most of our job cre­ation ef­forts have met a brick wall set up by the Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice. Why is the Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice averse to em­ploy­ing the ser­vices of Auc­tion­eers? All over the world the Auc­tion pro­fes­sion is flour­ish­ing be­cause most gov­ern­ments have come to rely on auc­tion­eers as ve­hi­cles to in­creased rev­enue gen­er­a­tion,

“Gov­ern­ment’s tin­ker­ing in busi­ness lim­its the po­ten­tial yield of any busi­ness ven­tured into, the bu­reau­cracy of gov­ern­ment is the num­ber one lim­it­ing fac­tor, and this case is not ex­empt.”

Isi­bor Ab­huli­men

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