In this post, we will be looking at the Nigerian Civil Defence Ranks and Salary Structure in the country. We shall also be looking at the history and functions of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). If you have been looking for information on this security agency, then this article is just what you need. Be informed that the NSCDC is one of the top security agencies in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) is a paramilitary Federal Government security agency in Nigeria and its history can be traced to May 1967 when it was officially established by the Federal Government of Nigeria, with the act of the National Assembly. The act establishing the Civil Defence in Nigeria was amended in 2007, to enhance the statutory duties of the corp. The Civil Defence Corps, formally known as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, is a top a government security agency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that is commissioned to provide measures against threat and any form of attack or disaster against the country and her citizens. This paramilitary security outfit is statutorily empowered by lay Act No. 2 of 2003 and amended by Act 6 of 4 June 2007.
The NSCDC is empowered to institute legal proceedings by or in then and of the Attorney General of the Federation in accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against any person or group of persons that are suspected to have committed an offence, maintain an armed squad in order to bear fire arms among others to strengthen the corps in the discharge of its statutory duties. The Nigerian Civil Defence Corps was first introduced in May 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War in Lagos, the then Federal Capital Territory of the Country in order to sensitize and protect the lives and property of every civilian in the capital. As at the time it was formed, it was known as the Lagos Civil Defence Committee.
The Lagos Civil Defence Committee later evolved into what is known as the NSCDC today in 1970. On establishment, the Civil Defence Corps was mandated to carry out some educational and enlightenment campaigns in and around the Lagos Capital Territory in order to sensitize members of the civil populace on enemy attacks and how to protect themselves from danger as most Nigerians living in and around Lagos territory at that time had little or no knowledge about war and its implications. The security outfit deemed it very necessary to educate the masses through electronic and print media on how to guide themselves during air raids, bomb attacks, identify bombs and how to dive into trenches during bomb blast.
In 1984, the Corps was transformed into a National security outfit and in 1988, there was a major re-structuring of the Corps that led to the establishment of Commands throughout the country, including Abuja, and the addition of special functions by the Federal Government. On June 28, 2003, an Act to give statutory backing to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps passed by the National Assembly was signed into law by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, the former President and Commander-in-Chief in of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
FUNCTIONS OF THE NIGERIA SECURITY AND CIVIL DEFENCE CORPS (NSCDC)
Below are the functions or roles of the Civil Defence Corps in Nigeria
- Assist in the maintenance of peace and order and in the protection and rescuing of the Civil population during the period of emergency.
- Recommend to the Minister the registration of private guard companies
- From time to time, inspect the premises of private guard companies, their training facilities and approve same if it is up to standard.
- Supervise and monitor the activities of all private guard companies and keep a register for that purpose.
- Periodically organize workshop, and training courses for private guard companies and seal up any private guard company which operates without a valid licence.
- Maintain twenty-four hour surveillance over infrastructures, sites and projects for the Federal , State and Local Government.
- Enter and search any premises and seize any material suspected to have been used in vandalization or suspected proceed of vandalization.
- Enter and search premises of any suspected illegal dealer in petroleum products or material used by Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Postal Services, Nigeria Telecommunication or for any other public utility or infrastructure;
- Have power to arrest with or without a warrant, detain, investigate and institute legal proceedings by or in the name of the Attorney-General of the Federation in accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against any person who is reasonably suspected to have committed an offence under this Act or is involved in any: (i) Criminal activity (ii) Chemical poison or oil spillage nuclear waste, poisoning (iii) Industry espionage or fraud; (iv) Activity aimed at frustrating any government program or policy; (v) Riot, civil disorder, revolt, strike, or religious unrest. (vi) Power transmission lines, oil pipelines, NIPOST cables, equipment, water boad pipes or equipment vandalization.
- Monitor the activities of religious bodies and trade associations.
- Monitor, investigate, and take every necessary step to forestall any planned Act of terrorism particularly: cult and ethnic militia activities, criminal activities aimed at depriving citizens of their properties or lives, syndicate activity aimed at defrauding the Federal, State or Local Governement;
- Monitor, investigate, and take every necessary step to forestall any act of terrorism and report same to appropriate Federal Security Agency.
- Provide necessary warning for the civilian population in times of danger
- Evacuate the civilian population from danger areas.
- Provide and manage shelters for civilians during period of emergency.
- Asist in the decontamination and in the taking of precautionary measures during any period of emergency.
- Carry out rescue operations and control volatile situations.
- Assist in the provision of emergency medical services, including first aid, during any period of emergency.
- Detect and demarcate any danger area.
- Assist the Federal and State Fire Service in Fire-fighting operation.
- Assist in the distribution of emergency supplies.
- Provide assistance to restore and maintain order in distressed areas in any period of emergency.
- Assist in repairing indispensable public utilities during any period of emergency
- Provide intelligence information to the Ministry on any matter relating to: (i) Crime control generally; (ii) Riot, disorder, revolt, strike or religious unrest; (iii) Subversive activity by members of the public aimed at frustrating any government programme or policy; (iv) Industrial action and strike aimed at paralysing Government activities; (v) Any other matter as may be directed by the Minister; and (vi) Have power to arrange and mediate in the settlement of disputes among willing members of the public.
RANKS IN THE NIGERIA SECURITY AND CIVIL DEFENCE CORPS (NSCDC)
The ranks in the Nigerian Civil Defence are almost the same with that of the Nigerian Police Force and the Armed Forces in the country, and they also have almost the same chains of command. In the NSCDC, the highest rank that can be attained is that of the Commandant-General while the lowest is Assistant Cadet.
Just like in the Nigerian military, the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps also have commissioned and non-commissioned officers. Individual officers ascend these ranks based on their academic qualifications. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree get level 8 placement in the Civil Defence Corps while those who have Higher National Diploma are placed on grade level 7. Medical doctors are placed on grade level 12 while Lawyers and Master’s degree holders are placed on grade level 9. Having said that, this is a list of the ranks in the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps from lowest to highest with their grade levels:
- Level 3-5 – Assistant Cadre
- Level 6 – Assistant Inspectorate Cadre
- Level 7 – Inspectorate Cadre
- Level 8 – Assistant Superintendent Cadre II
- Level 9 – Assistant Superintendent Cadre I
- Level 10 – Deputy Superintendent Cadre II
- Level 11 – Superintendent Cadre II
- Level 12 – Chief Superintendent Cadre II
- Level 13 – Assistant Commander
- Level 14 – Deputy Commander
- Level 15 – Chief Commander
- Level 16 – Assistant Commandant-General
- Level 17 – Deputy Commandant-General
- Level 18 – Commandant-General
As aforementioned, ranks n the NSCDC are attained via promotion or upon obtaining an additional qualification. Each rank reports directly to the one superior to it and the Commandant-General of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps is reports to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who is his appointer.
NIGERIA SECURITY AND CIVIL DEFENCE CORPS SALARY STRUCTURE
The salary structure of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps is based on the levels and ranks of the officers. The salary scale is set by the Consolidated Paramilitary Salary Structure (CONPASS) and below is the salary range that every officer in the NSCDC earns per annum from the lowest ranking to the highest.
- Assistant Cadre: ₦296,506 – ₦374,259.
- Assistant Inspectorate Cadre: ₦357,385 – ₦411,454.
- Inspectorate Cadre: ₦483,014 – ₦567,065.
- Assistant Superintendent Cadre: ₦858,956 – ₦986,991.
- Assistant Superintendent Cadre I: ₦939,310 – ₦1,056,416.
- Deputy Superintendent Cadre II: ₦1,012,562 – ₦1,143,539.
- Superintendent Cadre II: ₦1,094,027 – From ₦1,252,038.
- Chief Superintendent Cadre II: ₦1,158,172 – ₦1,325,234.
- Assistant Commander: ₦1,225,584 – ₦1,405,449.
- Deputy Commander: ₦1,619,447 – ₦1,825,589.
- Chief Commander: ₦1,759,921 – ₦1,966,281.
- Assistant Commandant General: ₦2,272,288 – ₦2,464,56.