By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja
The Director General of the Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office (MCO), Eng Obadiah Nkom has said the online mineral titles administration and management system. -eMC+ has recorded a 38% adoption by mining stakeholders across Nigeria.
The DG recalled that on November 1 2022, the Mining Cadastre Office unveiled the eMC+, while making his presentation at the ongoing Mining Week which began October 16 – 18 in Abuja.
Eng. Nkom said “ Since its unveiling the office has witnessed an exponential increase in mineral titles application submission, noting that 7,310 mineral titles applications and modifications have been received. 2,764 of these applications submitted by 977 companies were done online at the convenience of the applicants, without any assistance from MCO, while 4,546 of the applications were submitted by 2,053 companies online via MCO assistance at the MCO.
Its benefits he said “Includes ease of doing business in the Nigerian mining sector, real-time availability of cadastral updates for the public, notifications and alerts for applicants and mineral titles holders, increased transparency, efficiency and service delivery as well as better service for operators among others”
According to Nkom who spoke on the eMC+ AND LICENSING REGIME: THE JOURNEY SO FAR, he said the agency was engaged in Geo-data Report Updating from 36 States and FCT Abuja, Renovation/Refurbishment/Equipping of MCO Hqtrs/Zonal Offices, Beaconing of Mineral Title sites in selected areas in Six (6) Geo-Political Zones in Nigeria and Strategic Revenue recovery, Inventory of Valid Mineral Titles, Gazette of defaulters and Revocation
Other reforms he said include the Production of Thematic Mapping of Areas Restricted (protected) from Mining Activities in Nigeria for Integration into the Nigeria Mining Cadastre digital database and the Upgrade of the SIGTIM software to web base/online Mineral Title Administration and Management (eMC+) among others
The DG recalled that the office which was enacted by the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act. 2007(NMMA, 2007) on 29th August March 2007 was an autonomous agency of government with the responsibility for the administration and management of mineral titles as the maintenance of cadastral registers.
Stating the evolution of the agency, Eng Nkom said between 2006-2007, the agency had undergone the pre-Cadastre data cleaning, while 2007-200/12 witnessed the development of mining regulations, implementation of a computerized Cadastre and adaptation of the Mining Cadastre to the New Mining Act.
He maintained that 2018 to date also witnessed the development and implementation of a computerized online mineral titles administration system.