Nigeria Customs Service is a Nigerian paramilitary agency charged with responsibility of controlling the flow of goods and collecting tariffs for government.
The origin of Nigeria Customs Service can be traced to 1891 during British colonial administration with the appointment of Mr T.A Wall as Director-General of Customs for the collection of inland Revenue in Niger Coast Protectorate.
Today in Nigeria, the agency has witnessed a lot of tremendous successes in its fight against contraband and revenues collections.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) used to be under the supervision of Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs alongside its sisters’ agencies, Immigration and Prison services until 1992 when Customs was transferred back to Federal Ministry of Finance.
It is one of the most sought-after paramilitary agencies for career building by most Nigerian youths.The headquarters of Nigeria Customs Service is located Abidjan Street, Wuse zone 3, Abuja FCT.
The Paramilitary agency is given the mandate to carry out the following duties:
- Intercept contraband such as illegal drugs and weapons.
- Check travelers and their baggage, cargo and mail; assess and collect Customs duties and other taxes on Goods and Services.
- Protect businesses against illegal trade malpractices.
- Enforce import and export restriction and prohibitions.
- Collect accurate import and export data for economic statistical usage and planning.
- As the Nigeria gatekeepers, use intelligence and risk assessment to target physical checks on containers, vessels or travelers.
- Conduct investigations, audits and prosecute offenders.
- Work closely with other Government agencies in accomplishing the collective aim of developing our great country Nigeria.
Nigeria Customs Service is one of prestigious paramilitary agencies to work for. It is well respected across the country.
In this article, Nigerian Informer will be providing the rank, salary structure as well as the formations of Nigeria Customs Service.
This is an information that will be of great importance to potential men and officer of the service as well as well- meaning Nigerians.
Formations Of Nigeria Customs Service
The head of Nigeria Customs Service is the Comptroller- General and he is usually appointed by the president.The Comptroller General is assisted by six (6) Deputy Comptroller Generals (DCG) who heads the six (6) directorate of the service.
Nigeria Customs Service operates four (4) zonal headquarters located in four (4) different states of the federation and headed by Assistant Comptroller Generals (ACG). These zones include:
Location: Harvey Road, Yaba, Lagos
Ranks In Nigeria Customs Service
Ranks in Nigeria Customs Service is of same structure with that of other paramilitary agencies in Nigeria like Immigration service, Correctional service and Civil Defence.
The highest rank in the Nigeria Customs Service is Comptroller- General (CG), while the lowest rank is the Customs Assistant. Below is a comprehensive list of ranks in the service:
- Comptroller General Customs (CGC)
- Deputy Comptroller General (DCG)
- Assistant Comptroller General (ACG)
- Comptroller Customs (CC)
- Deputy Comptroller Customs (DCC)
- Assistant Comptroller Customs (ACC)
- Chief Superintendent Customs (CSC)
- Superintendent Customs (SC)
- Deputy Superintendent Customs (DSC)
- Assistant Superintendent Customs I(ASC)
- Assistant Superintendent Customs II(ASC)
- Senior Inspector Customs (SIC)
- Assistant Inspector Customs (AIC)
- Customs Assistant
Salary Structure Of Nigeria Customs Service
Salary of Nigeria Customs Service is placed alongside other paramilitary agencies like Immigration and Correctional Service.
Nigeria customs service staff is paid with Consolidated Paramilitary Salary Structure (CONPASS) template.
Below is the Nigeria Customs Service ranks and their annual earnings starting with the lowest rank:
- Customs Assistant – ₦298,506 – ₦330,321
- Assistant Inspector of Custom – ₦357,358 – ₦411,484
- Inspector of Custom – ₦483,014 – ₦567,065
- Assistant Superintendent of Customs II – ₦888,956 – ₦988,991
- Assistant Superintendent of Customs I – ₦1,012,562 – ₦1,143,539
- Deputy Superintendent Customs – ₦1,094,027 – ₦1,252,038
- Chief Superintendent Customs – ₦1,158,172 – ₦1,325,234
- Assistant Comptrollers – ₦1,225,584 – ₦1,405,449
- Deputy Comptrollers – ₦1,619,447 – ₦1,825,589
- Comptrollers – ₦1,759,829 – ₦1,966,281
- Assistant Comptroller-General – ₦2,272,288 – ₦2,464,560
It is important to note that recruitment into Nigeria Customs Service is very competitive and mostly done without public notice.
It is not clear if the service has a stipulated recruitment periods as done in other paramilitary agencies.
However, recruitment into Nigeria Customs Service and other paramilitary agencies in Nigeria is totally free.