MINING CADASTRE OFFICE
The National Mining Cadastre System is a transparent and efficient way of granting mineral titles and permits. The Mining Cadastre Department will transform into the Mining Cadastre Office (MCO) to implement the National Mining Cadastre System. It shall be a body with delegated responsibility to administer mining titles with integrity, in a transparent manner and on a “first come first served' basis”.
- Objectivity that is based legally defined sets of regulations and procedure;
- Non-discretionary; and Transparency.
The Mining Cadastre Office shall carry out the following functions:
- Consider applications for Mining Titles and Permits
- Issues, suspends and may revoke Mining titles, subject to Federal Government's rules and regulations.
- Receive and dispose of applications for the transfer, renewal, modification, relinquishment of mineral titles or extension of area.
- Maintain a chronological record of all applications for minerals titles in a priority order.
- Maintain a register and a general registry book
Specific Objectives of Mining Cadastre
- Strengthen the Mining Cadastre System through input of relevant technology and capacities;
- Expand the reach of the central mining cadastre office to zonal offices in Nigeria's six geopolitical zones;
- Improve the collaboration between the MCO and other departments and agencies to enhance service provision for the private sector.
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY AGENCY
The Geological Surveys and similar geoscience institutions worldwide are responsible for collecting, archiving, processing and making available data concerning that unique portion of the Earth's crust which forms the foundation of the national territory. The institutions provide national geoscience information service available to the nation's public and private sectors, to governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and to individuals within the population at large. Such information is fundamental to the sustainable development of national earth resources and the protection of its peoples from a wide variety of natural hazards.
Most Geological Surveys in the world including Nigeria’s were originally established to provide geological maps of their national territory and to evaluate their national resource potentials. It is now accepted that modern Geological Surveys should focus on the acquisition, management, storage, interpretation and communication of geoscience information to promote their country's resource potential and thus encourage investment in detailed mineral exploration from the private sector.
The Nigerian Geological Survey Agency will:
- Continue to provide geoscience information for economic, social and environmental development of the country;
- Utilize public funds to carry out regional mapping and mineral exploration to encourage further private funding, by investors, for detailed exploration and mine development;
- Provide baseline data to encourage exploration by the private sector for minerals;
- Be active in promoting the exploitation of industrial, non-metallic mineral resources, which has value in the national economy but may not generally attract large-scale foreign investment; and
Provide services, such as mapping, analytical and testing to the private sector.