NDLEA Salary Structure

There are plenty motivation for people to do or engage in any task  or work they so want to do, this ranges from passion to pride and in some cases we cannot deny the fact that the reason why people opt for some act, work or job is because of the financial gains or  better put financial stability they derive from the engagement they so desire to do.

No doubt Salary/Wages has always been a motivating element in every organization that wants to grow well, and this has always been structured based on how and what rank each staff holds in such an organization. Many people also do want to apply for a job based on the salary structure, which NDLEA is never an exemption. Among the different top paying organizations in Nigeria, the NDLEA is among the top paying government owned organizations which always result to the desire of many to work there. Every year whenever the National Law Enforcement Agency is recruiting new staffs, there is always a great surge in the numbers of people applying. Well that is not surprising the numerous benefits and paycheck that comes with being a staff of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency is enough to draw the interest.

So if you are interested in knowing about the salary structure of NDLEA?  This article is just what you need to have a good idea of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. Listed below are the information you stand to get from this article

NDLEA Salary Structure

NDLEA Salary Scale

NDLEA Monthly Salary

How much does NDLEA pay their Staffs?

How much does NDLEA Pay HND Holder

How much does NDLEA Pay B.Sc. Holder

However before I reveal the salary structure of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, let us take a quick dig at the history of the organization and what it stands for, that is its core aims and objectives and also the numerous benefits that comes with working for the National Law  Enforcement Agency..

About the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is a Federal agency in Nigeria charged with the basic and sole task of eliminating the growing, processing, manufacturing, selling, exporting, and trafficking of hard drugs. The agency was established by Decree Number 48 of 1989. The NDLEA is present in international airports, seaports and border crossing. Also the NDLEA tries to eradicate cannabis by destroying plantings. The NDLEA also targets the leaders of narcotics and money laundering organizations.

Purpose of Establishing the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

The establishment of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) by the promulgation of Decree Number 48 of 1989, now Act of Parliament, was aimed at exterminating illicit drug trafficking and consumption in the Nigerian society. It is a well-known fact that any involvement in drugs, especially their importation, exportation, sale, transfer, purchase, cultivation, manufacture, extraction and possession is universally unacceptable. The establishment of the NDLEA was Nigeria’s deliberate attempt at joining the rest of the world in getting rid of this cankerworm within her borders

Nature of the Act.

Though the Act does not endorse Capital Punishment, as did Decree No 20 of 1984, it however, aims at rendering offenders financially incapacitated apart from the long period of incarceration ranging from 15 to 25 years and sometimes, life imprisonment for producers and traffickers. Additionally, any organization that colludes with offenders to perpetrate a drug offence or to conceal proceeds from the illicit drug trade is also liable on conviction to a term of 25 years imprisonment or two million Naira fine.

Other measures adopted in dealing with the drug scourge are contained in National Drug Law Enforcement (Amendment) Decree No 33 of 1990 which prescribes a jail term of five years for persons caught abroad for trafficking in drugs through Nigeria and by so doing bring the name of our great nation into disrepute.

NDLEA apart from enforcing the responsibility of the provision of Decree 48 of 1989 is also responsible for coordinating all drug laws and policies previously conferred on any statutory body in the country including campaign to check the abuse of narcotics and psychotropic substances. Some of these are:

  1. i) The coordination of all drug law and enforcement functions conferred on any person or authority; including Ministers in the Government of the Federation by any such laws;
  2. ii) Adoption of measures to identify, trace, freeze, confiscate or seize proceeds derived from drug related offences or property whose value correspond to such proceeds.

iii) Adoption of measures to eradicate illicit cultivation of narcotic plants and to eliminate illicit demand for narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances with a view of reducing human suffering and eliminating financial incentives for illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

  1. iv) Taking such measures, which might require the taking of reasonable precautions to prevent the use of ordinary means of transport for illicit traffic in narcotic drugs including making special arrangement with transport owners and operators.
  2. v) Strengthening and enhancing effective legal means of international cooperation in criminal matters for suppressing international activities of illicit traffic in
  3. vi) Collaborating with governmental and non-governmental bodies, both within and outside Nigeria in carrying out functions wholly or in part analogous to those of the Agency, etc

vii) Taking charge, supervising, controlling, and coordinating all the responsibilities, functions and activities relating to arrest, investigation and prosecution of all offences connected with or relating to illicit traffic in narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances notwithstanding any law to the contrary. All drug units under existing institutions dealing with offenders or offences connected or relating to illicit traffic in narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances shall relate and be responsible to the Agency in performance of their duties.

Special Powers of the Agency

The Agency has powers:

  1. To cause investigation to be conducted as to whether any person has committed an offence under this Decree and
  2. With a view of ascertaining whether any person has been involved in offences under this Decree or in the process of such offences to cause investigations to be conducted into the properties of any person if it appears to the Agency that the person’s life-style and properties worth do not match his ostentatious living.
  3. For the purpose of inquiring into and ascertaining whether an ;offence under paragraph (h) of sub-section (i) of this section has been committed, the Agency may by notice in writing call upon any one to furnish it within a time specified in the notice, with information, returns, accounts, books or other documents in custody of such persons as the Agency may consider fit and proper in the circumstances.
  4. The Agency shall not exercise the power conferred upon it by paragraph (b) of sub-section (i) of this section without first obtaining the approval of the Attorney General of the Federation.

These responsibilities appear vast but it is remarkable that the Agency has within thirteen years of operation, after slight hitches, articulated all these and has been able to put in place necessary and well-grounded strategies to take care of the challenges posed by the assignment. It has also been able within this period to formulate concrete measures aimed at ridding Nigeria of the drug scourge with a view to improving the battered image of the country.

Benefits of Working in NDLEA

To many seeking to work with the National Drug  Law Enforcement Agency, the first thing that comes to their mind at the first mention of the NDLEA is the paycheck that comes with the job, however there are lots of other benefits you stand to get from working with the NDLEA.

Apart from the paycheck, one of the benefits you get from working with the NDLEA is that you get the luxury of a comfortable working timetable. As most of the work are field work which when done leaves you with a sufficient time each day to rest and attend to your private affairs.

Also unlike other agencies, they get to have more vacation days than private employees, and also the public sector grants to its employees or workers vacations twice in a year.

Furthermore as a NDLEA employee, you do not have to worry about job insecurity as against those working in the Private sector inasmuch as you do not indulge in any illegal activities which is against the stipulated policy of the organization.  Also you do not have to worry that the organization may go bankrupt even if there are cases of funds mis-management or embezzlement the government keeps paying its staffs. Salary payment are on a monthly schedule and are always timely

Getting into the NDLEA (General Requirements)    

Listed below are the requirements for the NDLEA recruitment,


A good result (more good grades increases your employment chances)

An Email

Full name (kindly note that the name you provide must be the same as the one on your result)

Phone Number


Marital Status

Mother Maiden Name


Local Government Area

Nationality (Only Nigerians can apply for this)

NDLEA Salary Structure

It is important to note that the NDLEA salary structure is based on the grade level and steps which serve as the distinction among officers at the same level and also helps maintain order and control.

The agency is a paramilitary structure; therefore the salary is determined by the Consolidated Paramilitary Salary Structure (CONPASS)..

The salary also depends on the level of education one holds. While HND Holders are placed on Level 7; Degree Holders are placed on Level 8.

The annual salary for NDLEA B.sc holders Grade Level 8 Step 1 is about ₦1,004,805 while Grade Level 8 Step 2 is about ₦1,019,357 including all allowances.

This means that the total salary is calculated thus:

Level 8 step 1 = CONPASS + Rent Allowance

₦888,956 + ₦115,849

= ₦1,004,805 (total annual salary). i.e ₦83,733 (monthly)

Then that of HND holders placed on Grade Level 7 Step 1 is ₦573,287.

Level 7 step 1 = CONPASS + Rent Allowance

₦483,014 + ₦92,273.9

= ₦ 573,287 (total annual salary). i,e ₦44,773 (monthly)

Also note that there are some allowances accrued to personnel of the NDLEA, but then these allowances are paid based on rank and position occupied in the agency.

By Marcus Amudipe

leave your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *