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[7 Best Ministries to Work in Nigeria with salaries

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Nigeria’s federal ministries are civil service departments tasked with providing a wide range of government services in their respective disciplines.

The ministry is led by the Permanent Secretary. The Permanent Secretary reports to the Federal Cabinet Minister.

The minister serves as the head of the government body and is in charge of the ministry.


In every ministry in Nigeria, we have different positions such as officers, engineers, and other professionals in their respective fields.

The list below reveals the 7 best ministries in Nigeria to work. The article will highlight the salaries and allowances, job security as well as career growth.

1. The Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing

The Ministry’s mandate is primarily to formulate and implement the Federal Government of Nigeria’s (FGN) policies, programs, and projects in the areas of road transport, highway construction and rehabilitation, highway planning and design, federal roads and bridges maintenance, infrastructure provision, survey and mapping of the nation’s internal and international boundaries (Works), and affordable housing.

The ‘Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing’ is a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria in charge of providing social amenities such as Power over Ethernet throughout the country.

Another lucrative ministry in the country is the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing.

The ministry is extremely important because it provides the basic amenities required for infrastructure and development.

Administrative officers in the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing receives an average salary of seventy-five thousand naira (N75,000).

Chartered accountants receive an average salary of sixty-eight thousand naira (N68,000), while principal executive officers and senior administrative officers both receive average salaries of seventy-four thousand naira (N74,000).

2. Ministry of Petroleum Resources

The Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources is one of Nigeria’s Federal Ministries in charge of petroleum resources and activities in the country.

The mission of the ministry is to “ensure an enabling environment to improve the Oil and Gas value chain, driven by modern technology, industry, best practices, stakeholders’ engagement and innovations in alternative energy.”

The ministry’s administrative headquarter is situated in the federal capital territory of Abuja, at Block D, NNPC Towers, Herbert Macaulay Way, CBD.

The ministry’s responsibilities include keeping records on exploration and importation of petroleum products, as well as enforcing safety and other petroleum-related regulations.

It is undeniable that the petroleum industry generates the most revenue for the Nigerian economy.

In fact, the Nigerian oil industry is the most profitable and well-paying industry in the country.

The ministry will continue to be a financially rewarding setting to work in Nigeria.

The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, pays its entry-level employees a monthly basic salary of N133,33 amounting to approximately N1.6 million per year.

3. Ministry of Science and Technology

The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is a ministry with the mission of facilitating the development of science and development apparatus with the aim of accelerating Nigeria’s socioeconomic development through appropriate technological inputs into productive activities in the country.

It is led by a Minister appointed by the President, who is assisted by a career civil servant serving as the Permanent Secretary.

On November 11, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR swore in Dr. Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu as the Minister of Science and Technology.

Dr. (Mrs) Amina Muhammed Bello Shamaki was also appointed as the permanent secretary.

The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is one of the most lucrative ministries in Nigeria and a great place to enhance one’s career.

The average net salary for a Scientific Officer at Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) is N84,000.

The salaries of some of the ministry’s employees are listed below.

  • Intern: N62,000
  • Scientific Officer 1: N137,000
  • Scientific Officer 2: N91,000
  • Design Supervisor: N83,000
  • Engineering Data Management Specialist: N93,000
  • Senior Scientific Officer: 154,000
  • Engineer II: N245, 000
  • Chief Scientific Officer: N158,000

4. Ministry of Finance

The Ministry of Finance is the government body in charge of managing the Federal Government of Nigeria’s finances, including managing, controlling, and monitoring federal revenues and expenditures.

The finance ministry’s responsibilities include collecting and disbursing government revenue, developing policies on taxation, tariffs, fiscal management, and so on, as well as preparing and managing the annual budget, preparing annual accounts for ministries, departments, and agencies, managing federal debt, and regulating the capital market.

The finance sector is clearly the country’s wealthiest sector.

The monetary aspect is sufficient to describe how powerful this ministry is and, as such, why it is a good place to work for.

Managing the country’s economy’s finances is critical to growth and development, and this affects all citizens.

More specifically, the Federal Ministry of Finance manages the Federal Government’s finances, which include managing, controlling, and monitoring federal revenues and expenditures.

The finance ministry’s important roles include, among other things, collecting and disbursing government revenue, formulating taxation, tariff, and fiscal management policies, and so on.

The Federal Ministry of Finance’s average salary is N134,000.

The roles enlisted below receive the following average salary on a monthly basis:

  • Lawyer: N53,000
  • Program Officer: N231,000
  • Account Manager: N74,000
  • Network Engineer: N137,000.

5. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) is a Nigerian government ministry in charge of agricultural research, agriculture and natural resources, forestry, and veterinary research throughout the country.

Its mission is to organize and manage the agriculture sector, to facilitate agribusiness for increased food security and employment along commodity value chains, and to promote agro-industrial development in order to contribute to the country’s socioeconomic development.

Agriculture in Nigeria is not undervalued, prompting the Federal Government to create a ministry dedicated to the sector.

Agriculture is a significant contributor to the country’s economy, and the exportation of both raw and processed agricultural products is critical to the Nigerian economy.

The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Bank of Agriculture, is attempting to create a path for growth and augmentation of the sector’s abysmal agricultural sector.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development employees earn an average of 75,199 Naira per month.

Here are the average salaries for specific roles:

  • Agricultural Engineer: N53,000
  • Principal Tse Tse Control Technologist: N140,000
  • Assistant: N63,000
  • Agricultural Officer: N64,000

6. Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is one of Nigeria’s Federal Ministries in charge of developing and implementing health-related policies.

It is led by two Ministers appointed by the President, who are assisted by a career civil servant serving as the Permanent Secretary.

Nigeria’s current Minister of Health is Osagie Ehanire.

This is a federal ministry in charge of all health-related issues in the country.

The ministry will make policies affecting the health of millions of Nigerians.

The ministry is home to numerous agencies and parastatals, including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), a federal agency.

There are numerous job opportunities for health professionals and workers in the Health Ministry.

The average salary for the Federal Ministry of Health is 207,143 Naira per month.

Here are the average salaries for specific roles:

  • Information Technology Officer: N59,000
  • Civil Servant: N76,000
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist: N176,000
  • Director: N389,000

7. Ministry of Transportation

The Ministry of Transportation is a branch of Nigeria’s federal government in charge of overseeing the cross-country movement of people and goods.

The Minister of Transportation in Nigeria is Rotimi Amaechi, whereas the Minister of State Transportation is Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki.

The ministry is in charge of road vehicles, aviation, and rail transportation.

The country’s transportation industry is booming. This makes it a profitable industry to grow career-wise.

Here are the basic salaries for specific roles in the Ministry of Transportation:

  • Company Secretary: N35,000
  • Business Administrator: N45,000
  • Engineer: N294,000
  • Company Secretary: N35,000

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John Aina Ajibola has a Masters degree as an engineer and has over 3 years of teaching and research experience. He is happiest when on a bike and is also interested in electric energy and computer Science.

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