The Civil Defence, Immigration and Prisons Service Board (CDIPB) was established by Decree No. 14 of July, 1986 as the “Customs, Immigration and Prisons Services Board” under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Minister of Internal Affairs. The Board was charged with the responsibility of administering the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) of 1958, the Immigration Act of 1963 and the Prisons Act of 1972. In addition, it was given the exclusive responsibility for the appointment, promotion and discipline of all officers of the affected services except their Comptroller-Generals whose appointment is a prerogative of Mr. President.
However in 1992, the Nigeria Customs Service was detached from the Board and placed under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Finance, thus changing its name to the “Immigration and Prisons Service Board” (IPB). With the enactment of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Act in June 2003, which placed the administration of the new organization in the Board, its name changed to the “Civil Defence, Immigration and Prisons Services Board” (CDIPB).
Recently, in March 2011 the supervision of the Federal Fire Service (FFS) was placed under the charge of the Board, hence its new name as the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB). The staff strength of the Board is One hundred and three (103) personnel inclusive of the two Honourable Commissioners. Most of the senior and management staff of the Board, including its Director/Secretary who is the accounting officer are drawn from the pools of the Office of the Head of Service and the Accountant-General of the Federation, while a few others are deployed from the ministry. All junior officers are direct employees of the Board.
According to the law, an Administrative Secretary is appointed by the Board. But in practice, since the establishment of the Board, the Director/Secretaries have continued to be posted from the pool of Administrative Officers in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation. In addition to being the administrative head of the Board Secretariat, the Secretary is also the Accounting Officer of the Board. Also, the Director/Secretary sits on the Board at its meetings. Following the enactment of the amendment Act of 2003, the ex-officio members from the Finance, Transport, Commerce and Industry were left out of the Board.
Statutorily, in order to facilitate the effective performance of its functions, the Board has two Standing Committees, namely:
- Board appointment and Promotion Committee (BAPC); and
- Board Disciplinary and General Purpose Committee (BDGPC)
Board Appointment and Promotion Committee (BAPC)
Under the chairmanship of one of the Commissioners, it has the other Commissioner and the Chiefs of the Services, the Legal Adviser of the Ministry and the Secretary of the Board as members. An administrative Officer from the Secretariat of the Board, usually Head of the Appointment and Promotion Division, is Secretary to this Committee that handles, on preliminary and advisory basis, issues relating to appointment and promotion (including upgrading, advancement, transfer of service and secondment).
Board Disciplinary and General Purpose Committee (BDGPC)
Under the chairmanship of one of the Commissioners, it has the other Commissioner, the Chiefs of Services, the Legal Adviser of the Ministry and the Secretary of the Board, as members. An Administrative Officer from the Secretariat, usually Head of the Discipline and General Purpose Division, is Secretary to this Committee that handles, on preliminary and advisory basis, matters relating to disciplinary control and general purpose functions of the Board.
It handles the day-to-day administration and monitors the implementation of policy decision of the Board. At the helm of affairs of the Secretariat is the Director/Secretary of the Board in his capacity as both the Head of Administration and the Accounting Officer of the Board. The Director/Secretary runs the Secretariat on a daily basis and performs all functions that are determined, directed or assigned by the Board. He exercises authority over the appointment, promotion and discipline of the staff of the Secretariat that are on grade level 07 and below. The Secretary is assisted by a Deputy Director.
The Secretariat is organized on divisional basis as follows:
- Appointment and Promotion Division
- Discipline and General Purpose Division
- Board Meeting Secretariat Division
- Administration Division
- Finance and Accounts Division
Appointment and Promotion Division
The Division is headed by a Deputy Director SGL 16. It supervises and coordinates the activities that pertain to appointment and promotion as well as research and statistics. It provides the secretariat for the BAPC and performs such other duties that are assigned to it from time to time by the Secretary of the Board.
Discipline and General Purpose Division
The Division is headed by a Deputy Director on SGL 16. It handles all matters relating to disciplinary control and general purposes received from time to time from the affected Services or the Board. It provides the secretariat for the BDGPC and also handles other matters assigned to it from time to time by the Secretary of the Board.
Board Meeting Secretariat (BMS) Division
In the interim, the BMS Division is headed by an Assistant Chief Admin Officer on SGL 13 who reports through the Deputy Director (D&GP) to the to the Director/Secretary of the Board. Such activities include providing secretariat services to the Board and handling the protocol and public relations functions of the Board. In addition, it is required to ensure follow-up actions on decisions taken by the Board for effective implementation. To facilitate the effective performance of his duties, the Head of the BMS Division attends all meetings of the Standing Committees. The Division also performs other functions that are assigned to it from time to time by the Secretary of the Board.
This Division is headed by Assistant Director SGL 15 who coordinates and supervises the administrative schedule generally (personnel, stores, works, transport, security and staff welfare).
Finance and Accounts Division
This division is currently headed by an Assistant Director who coordinates and supervises the finance (salaries, other charges and budgets) functions of the Board. The Board is self-accounting.
In accordance with section 3 of its enabling Decree, the Board is responsible for:
- Formulating the general policy guidelines for Customs, Immigration and Prisons Services
- Administering the Customs and Excise Management Act i958, the Immigration Act 1963, and the Prisons Act 1972. Consequently, subject to the general control of the Minister, the Board controls and manages the administration of the customs and excise, immigration, and prisons laws and collects the revenues of customs and excise and accounts for them In such manner as the Minister directs from time to time.