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List of government agencies in Nigeria and their functions

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Government function effectively when there are separate ministries or government agencies in Nigeria responsible for monitoring activities of businesses or individuals within their territory or sector. Nigeria by law has created various federal ministries, departments and agencies to facilitate the smooth running of specific sectors of the economy.

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What are federal agencies, MDA’s, in the Nigerian government?

Federal agencies or  regulatory agencies are agencies that have been delegated authority by the Government of Nigeria to issue rules or regulations, to issue licenses, to establish rates, or to undertake a combination of these actions. The function of the federal government agencies in Nigeria is to regulate and have oversight functions on various closely related industries or national agencies in general.

You will find a complete list of the various federal agencies, ministries, departments and  agencies (MDA’s). We also provide a list of various government agencies classified under various categories like agriculture, education media e.t.c.

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Federal agencies, Ministries, Departments & Agencies (MDA’s)  in Nigeria

  1. Budget Office, Federal Ministry of Finance

The Budget Office of the Federation was established to provide budget function, implement budget and fiscal policies of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Budget Office is structured into six departments – six operational departments and seven units. The departments are Revenue/Fiscal Policy, Expenditure Social, Expenditure Economics, Budget Monitoring and Evaluation, Human Resources Management, Finance and Accounts. The Units are ICT, ACTu, Procurement, Legal, Stock Verification, Internal Audit and Servicom.

Central Business Area, P.M.B. 251 Ahmadu Bello Way Garki, Abuja FCT

[email protected], [email protected]

No visible office phone number on their website

  1. Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE)

The BUreau of Public Enterprises was established to be the model reform agency, to be the key driver of the Government economic reform programme and to be the resource centre for capacity building and sustenance of reforms.

No 11 Osun Crescent, Off Ibrahim Babangida Way, P.M.B 442, Maitama Abuja

[email protected]

+2347002003000, +23494604401

  1. Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP)

The Federal Government initiated the Public Procurement Reform as part of its Economic Reform agenda designed to restore due process in the award and execution of federal government contracts.

The Public Procurement Bill was thereafter passed by the National Assembly on the 30th of May, 2007 and subsequently signed into Law by Mr. President on the 4th of June, 2007.

No. 11, Suleiman Barau Street, Presidential Villa Abuja FCT, Nigeria

[email protected] 


  1. Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

The mandate of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is derived from the 1958 Act of Parliament, as amended in 1991, 1993,1997,1998,1999 and 2007.

The CBN Act of 2007 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria charges the Bank with the overall control and administration of the monetary and financial sector policies of the Federal Government.

Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way, Central Business District, Cadastral Zone, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

[email protected] 

+234 700 225 5226, Toll free line: +234 800 225 5226

  1. Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)

The CCB was established in Nigeria in 1979 during the Second Republic after 13 years of military rule by the founding fathers of the first post-military constitution. With a mandate to establish and maintain a high standard of public morality in the conduct of government business and to ensure that the actions and behavior of public officers conform to the highest standards of public morality and accountability

[email protected] 

  1. Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)

The Corporate Affairs Commission was established by the Companies and Allied Matters Act, which was promulgated in 1990 to regulate the formation and management of companies in Nigeria.

The establishment of the Corporate Affairs Commission as an autonomous body was a result of the perceived inefficiency and ineffectiveness of the erstwhile Company Registry, a department within the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Tourism which was then responsible for the registration and administration of the repealed Companies Act of 1968.

Plot 420 Tigris Cres, Maitama 900271, Abuja

[email protected], [email protected] 


  1. Debt Management Office

The DMO was established on 4th October, 2000 to centrally coordinate the management of Nigeria’s debt, which was hitherto being done by a myriad of establishments in an uncoordinated fashion. .

NDIC Building (1st Floor), Plot 447/448 Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, P.M.B. 532, Garki Abuja, Nigeria.


[email protected] 

  1. Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC)

NUPRC (formally Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)) has the statutory responsibility of ensuring compliance to petroleum laws, regulations and guidelines in the Oil and Gas Industry. The discharge of these responsibilities involves monitoring of operations at drilling sites, producing wells, production platforms and flowstations, crude oil export terminals, refineries, storage depots, pump stations, retail outlets, any other locations where petroleum is either stored or sold, and all pipelines carrying crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products, while carrying out the following functions, among others

7 Sylvester U. Ugoh Crescent, Utako 900108, Abuja

+234(1)2790000, 9037150 

[email protected] 

  1. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

The preponderance of economic and financial crimes like Advance Fee Fraud (419), Money Laundering, etc has had severe negative consequences on Nigeria, including decreased Foreign Direct Investments in the country and tainting of Nigeria’s national image. 

The legal instrument backing the Commission is the attached EFCC (Establishment) Act 2002 and the Commission has high-Ievel support from the Presidency, the Legislature and key security and law enforcement agencies in Nigeria. 

Plot 301/302, Research and Institutions District, Abuja, Nigeria

  1. Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)

FAAN performs its statutory duties, according to the policy guidelines provided by the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Transportation and is guided by these in all of its business dealings and agreements with contractors and various third parties with which it does business.

FAAN Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos. Nigeria

+234-01-2800830, +234-01-2800842

[email protected], [email protected]

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When Nigeria gained her independence in 1960 from the British Colonial Authority, the Public Service Commission was entrenched in the constitution of Nigeria. The mandate was to perform the function of appointments, promotion and discipline in the Public Service; particularly as Government business was organized under the departmental Establishments.

Federal Civil Service Commission, No 4 Abidjan Street, Wuse Zone 3, P.M.B. 0017 Abuja, FCT

  1. Federal Housing Authority (FHA)

The Federal Housing Authority (FHA), a wholly owned agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria, was established vide Decree 40 of 1973 now cited as Act CAP F-14 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. The Authority is supervised by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing..

 26, Julius Nyerere Crescent, Asokoro, PMB 101, Garki, Abuja

+234 (0) 803 323 4804

[email protected] 

  1. Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)

In 2007, FIRS got financial and administrative autonomy with the passage of the Federal Inland Revenue Service(establishment) Act 2007.

FIRS has since witnessed organisational restructuring, the enactment of a National Tax Policy, improved funding, legislation, stronger taxpayer education, dispute resolution mechanism, taxpayer registration and the introduction of the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), human capacity building, automation of key process, refund mechanism, attention to Double Taxation Agreements (DTA) and the automation of the operations of the service.

Revenue House, 15 Sokode Crescent, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja

+234 (0)9074 444 442, +234 (0)9460 2700-29

  1. Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD)

It has the mandate to ensure food security in crop, livestock and fisheries, stimulate agricultural employment and services, promote the production and supply of raw materials to agro industries, provide markets for the products of the industrial sector, generate foreign exchange and aid rural socio-economic development”

The Ministry is made up of about:

17 departments

6 Regional Offices

37 State offices

11 Agencies

15 research Institutes

14 Colleges of Agriculture and a number of Universities of Agriculture

Kapital Road, Area 11, Abuja Nigeria

[email protected]  



To develop and implement policies, projects and programmes that will enable sustainable access to safe and sufficient water to meet the social, Cultural, environmental and economic development needs of all Nigerians..

Block A1, A2, Federal Secretariat Complex, Area One, P.M.B 159, Garki, Abuja

[email protected]

 +(234) 706 145 0955, +(234) 818 433 8544


The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is a Ministry created in 2011 as the Ministry of Communication Technology. It was created to foster a knowledge based economy and information society in Nigeria. 

The Ministry was created to facilitate ICT as a key tool in the transformation agenda for Nigeria in the areas of job creation, economic growth and transparency of governance.

Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase I, Annex III, Shehu Shagari Way Abuja FCT 900211 Nigeria

[email protected] 


The ministry is tasked with becoming an economic model, delivering sound education for public good. And to use education for fostering  development of all  Nigerian Citizens to their full potentials in the promotion of a strong, democratic, egalitarian, prosperous, indivisible and indissoluble sovereign nation under God.

Federal Secretariat Phase III, FCT, Abuja. Nigeria

Phone Number: +234903000912, +2349030009913

Email: [email protected] 

  1. Federal Ministry of Finance

This department has direct oversight over other finance related MDA’s like the debt management office, the budgeting and planning office e.t.c. 

816 Ahmadu Bello Way, Central Business Dis 900103, Abuja

[email protected]

  1. Federal Ministry of Health

The Federal Ministry of Health is mandated to develop and implement policies that strengthen the national health system for effective, efficient, accessible and affordable delivery of health services in partnership with other stakeholders.

Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase III, Shehu Shagari Way, Central Business District. Abuja .FCT – Nigeria.

[email protected]

  1. Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment

The Federal Government initiated the Public Procurement Reform as part of its Economic Reform agenda designed to restore due process in the award and execution of federal government contracts.

The Public Procurement Bill was thereafter passed by the National Assembly on the 30th of May, 2007 and subsequently signed into Law by Mr. President on the 4th of June, 2007.

Old Secretariat, Area 1 Garki, FCT, Nigeria.

[email protected] 

List of government agencies and their functions

We have collated a list of government agencies based on related categories. This MDA’s function is to regulate and provide oversight functions for the industry they supervise.


Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, (CRIN)

National Agricultural Extension, Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS)

National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI)

Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC)

National Root Crops Research Institute (NCRI)

Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria

Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research

Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) 

Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS)

National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT)


Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)

Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA)

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) 

Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) 

Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) 

Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) 


National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT)

Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC)

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST)

Nigerian Television Authority

Galaxy Backbone (GBB)


Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON)

Social Security Administration of Nigeria (SSA)

Budget Office of the Federation (BOF)

Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE)

Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP)

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)

Debt Management Office (DMO)

Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)

Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN)

Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) 

National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)

National Insurance Commission (NAICOM)

National Pension Commission (PenCom)

National Planning Commission (NPC)

National Sugar Development Council (NSDC)

Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)

Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)

Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)

Nigerian Export – Import Bank (NEXIM Bank)

Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC)

Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) 

Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA)

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON)

Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN)


National Board for Arabic And Islamic Studies (NBAIS)

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

National Examination Council (NECO)

National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

National Teachers Institute (NTI)

National Universities Commission (NUC)

Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN)

National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) 

Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) 

West African Examination Council (WAEC)

National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE)

National Library of Nigeria (NLN)


Electricity Management Services Limited (EMSL)

Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN)

National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN)

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)

Nigerian Content Monitoring and Development Board (NCMDB)

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA)

Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC)

Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA)

Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) 

Rural Electrification Agency (REA)

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)


Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN)

National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA)

National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA)

National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA)

Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON)


National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD)

National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA)

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA)

Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR)

Nigeria center for Disease Control (NCDC)

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)


Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA)

State Security Service (SSS)

National Intelligence Agency (NIA)

Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) 


National Judicial Council (NJC)

Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC)

National Judicial Institute (NJI)


Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)

Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC)


Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON)

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Nigerian Press Council (NPC)

Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)

Science and technology

National Agency For Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI)

National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA)

National Centre for Remote Sensing, Jos (NCRS)

Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHESTCO)

National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP)

National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)

Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA)

Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC)

National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM)

Water resources

Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA)

Nigerian Integrated Water Resources Commission

National Water Resources Institute (NWRI)

River Basin Development Authorities (RBDA’s)


Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC)

National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC)

Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)

Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN)

Consumer Protection Council (CPC)

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

Federal Character Commission (FCC)

Federal Housing Authority (FHA)

Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC)

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Industrial Training Fund (ITF)

Legal Aid Council of Nigeria (LACoN)

National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)

National Boundary Commission

National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC)

National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND)

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NaHCON)

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)

National Institute for Hospitality Tourism (NIHOTOUR)

National Lottery Regulatory Commission

National Orientation Agency (NOA)

National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC)

National Sports Commission (NSC)

Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI)

Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS)

Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI)

Nigeria Institute of Building (NIOB)

Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC)

Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC)

Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)

Public Complaints Commission

Surveyors Council Of Nigeria

National Lottery Trust Fund

Final thoughts

Having a business in any of the following categories means that you have to pay attention the notices of regulatory requirement from the MDA’s that govern your industry. 

Most of the MDA’s and government agencies in Nigeria have an active social media pages and they constantly update their website with important information.

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