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The Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office (NMCO) was established in 2007 with the responsibility for the Administration and Management of Mineral Titles in Nigeria in accordance with Section 5 (1) of the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007 (the Act).

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Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision

Provide an independent, efficient and transparent Mining Cadastre system which grants and administers mining licences and permits in accordance with best international practices.

Our Mission

Deliver service reliably, effectively and professionally using objective standards and procedures, in accordance with the provisions of the enabling law.

Core Values

Priority (first come first served)

"Use it or lose it" (Licensed activity must be carried out)

Objectivity (based on legally-defined sets of regulations and procedures)

Non-discretionary (same rules for all)

Transparency (open to consultation of the maps and registers)

Security of Tenure (No arbitrary termination before end of title validity)

Historical Milestones

Key Functions

The Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office (NMCO), in addition to any other functions prescribed by or under Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007, and the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Regulations, 2011 (the Regulations), performs the following:

Application Consideration

Consider applications for Mineral Titles and permits, issue, suspend and upon written approval of the Minister, revoke any Mineral Title;

Application Modifications

Receive and dispose of applications for modifications (renewal, transfer, relinquishment, consolidation, extension of areas etc.) of Mineral Titles;

General Register

Maintain a general register, which is used for all other types of applications where registration of the priority is not required;

Chronological record

Maintain a chronological record of all applications for Mineral Titles in a Priority Register, which is used specifically to ascertain the priority and registration of applications for exclusive rights on free areas;

Mining Gateway

Participation in local and international mining conferences to promote local and foreign investment in Non-Oil Mineral Sector, thereby improving revenue generation

Other Activities

Undertake such other activities reasonably necessary for the purpose of carrying out its duties and responsibilities under the provisions of the Act, and the Regulations

Electronic Mining Cadastre System (eMC+)

Electronic Mining Cadastre System (eMC+)

In furthering its objective to provide an independent, efficient, transparent, modern Mining Cadastre System, which grants and administers mining licences and permits in accordance with the provisions of the Act and the Regulations and consistent with best international practices; the Nigeria Mining Cadastre System has been upgraded and automated to an electronic Mining Cadastre Plus (eMC+) system. As part of the upgrade, the NMCO has established Zonal Offices in each of the six (6) geopolitical Zones of the Country.

The main functionality of the eMC+ enables fast and seamless online preparation, processing, recording, monitoring of procedures and granting of mineral rights in Nigeria.

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Ground Rules and Principles of Operation of eMC+

Security of tenure

Security of title

Use it or lose it

Transparent and non-discretionary procedures

Well-defined institutional responsibilities

Conducive macro-economic environment for mining investment

Priority based on First Come First Serve

Clear, stable, legal, and regulatory frameworks