MINING CADASTRE

Regulatory Compliance

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NIGERIAN MINING CADASTRE functions

 

The Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office (NMCO) was established during the Nigerian Federal Government’s Mining Sector reform programme which was implemented by 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,.


Functions: 

The Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office is empowered by the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007 to perform the following functions:

  • 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).

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Mining permits

We assist our clients in the preparation and compilation of application and supporting documents. We assist in the reviewing and submission of the documents to the mining cadastre office. With the requisite authorization, our attorneys will withdraw permits granted from the mining cadastre on client's behalf.   

RECONNAISSANCE PERMIT

 This permits enables the holder to carry out reconnaissance for minerals on a non-exclusive basis. The holder is not to engage in drilling, excavation or other sub-surface techniques and must conduct activities in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and compensate for any damage to crops and property in the course of prospecting. The permit is issued for one year and it is not transferable, but renewable annually 

EXPLORATION LICENSE

 

A license will not be granted over any land that is subject of an existing Exploration License, Mining Lease, Small Scale Mining Lease, Quarry Lease or closed to prospecting/mining activity (E.g Forest reserves, military areas, government dev areas, national heritage area etc). The area of land covered by an Exploration License shall not exceed 200Km sqr (1000 CUs)

  • Application duration: 30 days on reception of a valid application
  • License duration: 3 years renewable for a further 2 terms of two(2) years each, provided that the title holder has complied with minimum work commitment/programme and all the other legal requirements.

MINING LEASE

 

The MCO on receipt of a valid application, shall grant and issue a Mining Lease within 45 days of the application. The lease area shall be determined in relation to the ore body as defined in the feasibility study, in addition to an area reasonably required for the working of the deposit, not exceeding 50Km sqr (250 CUs.)

  • Application duration: 45days on reception of a valid application
  • Lease duration: 25 years, renewable every 24 years, provided that holder has complied with the minimum work programme and all other legal and regulatory requirements.

QUARRY LEASE

 

The lease enables the holder to perform quarrying activities. The area of land shall not exceed 5Km sqr (25 Cus)

  • Application duration: 45 days on reception of valid application
  • Lease duration: 5 years and renewable every 5 years, provided that holder has complied with the minimum work programme and all other legal and regulatory requirements.

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