Engr. Obadiah Simon Nkom was appointed the Director – General of the Nigeria Mining Cadastre, an Agency under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in January, 2019 and reappointed for a second term in January, 2023. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Mining Engineering from Federal University of Technology, Akure in addition to various other qualifications which include an MBA and PGD in Management from University of Maiduguri, HND in Mining Engineering from Kaduna Polytechnic, Certificates in Geo-database, Geographical Information System, both from Houston, USA, Spatial Data Handling, Netherlands, Public Administration, Maiduguri, Mining and Metallurgy, MINETEC, Japan and he also obtained a certificate in Japanese Language.
He was appointed into the Federal Civil Service in the year 1983 where he rose to the rank of Director in the Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office, Abuja. He pioneered and contributed immensely to the establishment of new Mines Offices in Borno, Yobe, Nasarawa and FCT between 1985 and 2005.