The Mining Cadastre Office (MCO) has defeated the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to win the federal government most Digital Innovation Award.
Also, MCO defeated Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Pension Commission (PENCOM) which were contenders for the award to clinch the big prize in an event held in Ikeja, Lagos.
It was that the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) had announced the award for the best Digital Innovation of the Federal Government Of The Year 2022, where nominations were made.
After thorough screening, the Mining Cadastre Office (MCO) emerged the winner, defeating the five federal government agencies that made it to the last minute.
Receiving the Award on behalf of MCO for the best Digital Innovation of the Federal Government for the year 2022, the Director General (DG) of the Mining Cadastre Office (MCO), Engr Obadiah Simon Nkom, said the award will spur them to do more.
“The Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office is always ensuring that it creates a favourable environment to retain investors and attract even more through innovation,” Nkom said.
It was gathered that since the appointment of Nkom as the Director General of the Nigeria Mining Cadastre, an Agency under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in January, 2019, the government establishment has been experiencing transformation through innovation.
It was gathered that part of the innovation taking place in the agency is a plan for a functional online Mining Cadastre for viewing and querying the existing mining titles where people can get a first glance at the upcoming web application through the Cadastre Online Map.
MCO defeated five other nominees namely: Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS), and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to win the Award.
The Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office (NMCO) came into being following the Federal Government’s Mining Sector reform programme which was implemented by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in collaboration with the World Bank Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources Project.
The NMCO, which became an autonomous Agency of Government, as provided by section 5(1) of the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, (2007), is responsible for the management and administration of mineral titles, considered to be the cornerstone of a secure mineral rights system.
The Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office is empowered by the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007 to receive, consider and dispose of applications for mineral titles and permits as well as applications for the transfer, renewal, modification, and relinquishment of mineral titles or extension of areas;
Grant, issue, suspend and (with the approval of the Minister) revoke mineral titles; maintain a chronological record of all applications for mineral titles in a priority register and general register and maintain the cadastral registers; create and maintain a database of all mineral titles and applications; and create and maintain a cartographic database of all mineral titles and applications in both paper and electronic formats (the cadastral maps).
In processing mineral titles, the Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office prioritise (first come, first served).
The success of the mining sector of any nation is determined by the level of the presence of well-known junior and major International Mining companies.
Since the implementation of the reform programmes carried out by the Ministry which led to the creation of the Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office, Nigeria has witnessed the entry of a number of junior mining companies especially from Australia, Canada, the UK, China, Japan, South Africa and other places exploring for various metallic minerals and precious metals.