An Easy Guide to Understanding the Nigeria Customs Salary Scale Structure
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The Nigerian Customs Service is a big part of Nigerian life, especially if you are involved in importing or exporting goods.
But did you know it does more than that?
The NCS has many roles which makes it an exciting workplace. In this article, you’ll learn all about the NCS, its background, duties, and how much they pay their workers.
ABOUT NIGERIA CUSTOM SERVICE
The story of the NCS starts way back in 1891. The first boss of Customs was Mr. T.A Walls, who got the job that same year. The NCS has changed a lot since then and has become a key part of Nigeria’s security.
In 1922, it was called the Department of Customs and Excise. By the end of 1945 divided into two parts under the leadership of Mr. Nicol, a British man. These were the Maritime and Preventive Services. The Maritime team collected import duties, while the Preventive team was responsible for stopping smuggling.
By 1958, the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) No. 55 was introduced, which placed the Department under the control of a Board. The Chairman of this Board became the boss of the Department.
The Department went through more changes in 1977. The Technical and Preventive Services were combined into one service. This new structure led to the creation of several directorates or departments within the service:
- Customs Tariff and Trade.
- Customs Enforcement Directorate.
- Customs Investigation Directorate.
- Customs Inspection Directorate.
- Customs Economic Relations, Research, and Planning Directorate.
In 1985, the Customs Department shifted to the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs, resulting in the formation of the Customs, Immigration, and Prisons Services Board.
Today, the NCS includes the following departments:
- Finance, Administration, and Technical Services.
- Tarrif and Trade.
- Excise and Industrial Incentives.
- Enforcement and Drugs.
- Economic Relating Research and Planning.
- Investigation and Inspection.
In 2003, the Federal Government of Nigeria set up a Reform Committee to look into the activities of the NCS. This led to the restructuring of the service into 3 departments, each headed by a Deputy Comptroller-General:
- Corporate Service & Economic Relations.
- Tariff and Trade.
- Enforcement, Investigation, and Inspection.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
When the NCS started, its main jobs were to collect money from imports, keep track of it, and stop smuggling. Over the years, the NCS has taken on more duties. It’s now involved in making sure goods and services from other countries are delivered quickly and efficiently, while also controlling and regulating trade.
Some of the main goals of the NCS include:
- Managing trade and border activities to help legitimate trade in the world.
- Providing effective and efficient services.
- Influencing policy and contributing to the nation’s development.
- Setting the standard for Customs best practices and international standards.
NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE SALARY STRUCTURE
Now, let’s talk about money. The average salary of an NCS officer is around N900,000 per year, which is about N75,000 per month. The lowest-ranked officer, the Customs Inspector, earns N29,779 per month. But, they could get an extra N4,000 as a housing allowance if the government does not provide them with housing.
The NCS also gives bonuses to officers, which makes the job very attractive. A few years ago, the NCS announced a salary increase for all its workers. This was in line with the pay rise for public workers approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The new salary structure is called the Consolidated Para-military Salary Structure (CONPASS). This provides a big increase in basic salary and a range of allowances for Para-military workers. The basic salary also includes some allowances like:
- Utility allowance.
- Hazards allowance.
- House maintenance allowance.
- Uniform maintenance allowance.
- General Services allowance.
- Torchlight allowance.
- Detective allowance.
- Hardiness allowance.
- Plain-Cloth allowance.
- Furniture allowance.
- Personal Servant.
However, not all staff can get these allowances. Some are only for specific workers, while others are for everyone. For instance, Rent Allowance is only for officers not given housing by the government. This means the government is responsible for providing housing for some of the workers of the Nigerian Customs Services.
The amount received as accommodation allowance varies from one rank to another. Naturally, higher-ranking officers get more. For instance, under the new structure, the least paid Customs Inspector will earn a total salary of N29,779 per month. He could get an extra N4,740 as Rent subsidy if he doesn’t live in Government Quarters. Other allowances specific to his post as Customs Inspector are also included in the amount.
Please note, this salary structure has been in place since 2007, and there hasn’t been an update recently. Such information will be shared with the public once it’s made available by the Nigeria Customs Service.
Aside from their salaries, some officers also receive kickbacks from individuals importing certain items into Nigeria. However, this practice is illegal, and the government does not approve of it.
Nigerian Customs Rank and Salary Structure
It’s important to note that the salary of personnel in the Nigerian Customs Service can be influenced by a variety of factors, such as length of service, educational qualifications, and other allowances. The figures presented below are approximate as of my last update and may have changed.
- Customs Assistant (CA) – This is the lowest rank in the NCS and the salary ranges from NGN 20,000 to NGN 30,000 monthly.
- Assistant Inspector of Customs – Monthly salary can be around NGN 30,000 to NGN 40,000.
- Inspector of Customs – The salary can range from NGN 40,000 to NGN 50,000 monthly.
- Assistant Superintendent of Customs – Salary for this rank may fall within NGN 50,000 to NGN 120,000 monthly.
- Deputy Superintendent of Customs – The monthly salary is typically between NGN 120,000 to NGN 240,000.
- Superintendent of Customs to Chief Superintendent of Customs – Monthly salaries can range between NGN 240,000 to NGN 300,000.
- Assistant Comptroller of Customs to Deputy Comptroller of Customs – Monthly salaries can fall between NGN 300,000 to NGN 450,000.
- Comptroller of Customs – Salaries at this rank may approach or exceed NGN 500,000 monthly.
- Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs and above – Salaries can be considerably higher, especially for the Comptroller General, but exact figures can vary based on the specifics of government allocations and other factors.
Remember, these figures can be influenced by various allowances, bonuses, and other perks. The exact amounts might also differ slightly based on the year, the federal budgetary allocation, and internal adjustments by the NCS. For the most up-to-date information, it would be best to consult an official source or visit the official Nigerian Customs Service website
Here are some job positions the agency might ask people to apply for:
- Customs Assistant
- Assistant Inspector of Custom
- Inspector of Custom
- Assistant Superintendent of Customs (II) Officer
- Assistant Superintendent of Customs (I) Officer
- Deputy Superintendent Customs (DSC)
- Chief Superintendent Customs (CSC) Officer
- Assistant Comptrollers
- Deputy Comptrollers
- Assistant Comptroller-General
- Deputy Comptroller-General
- Comptroller General
Right now: no announcement made.
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