Obadiah Simon Nkom will begin serving a second and final four-year term as Director General of the Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office (NMCO) on January 12, 2023, sequel to his first tenure, which began January 2018, with the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari. This was announced in a statement released by Femi Adesina, the President’s Media Adviser, yesterday.
Under Nkom’s direction, the NMCO saw an 86% rise in revenue creation over the past four years, bringing in more than N8.9 billion between 2019 and 2021 compared to N4.8 billion during the same period in 2016–2018. Additionally, this accounts for around 50% of the economy-wide contribution made by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
“His recently-unveiled reforms in the automation of the Mining Cadastre system have revolutionalised online and real time mineral title administration and management. The Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office was recognized as the best Federal Government Agency in the category of the 2022 Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) Digital Innovation Awards for adding value to the Cadastre Office’s operations, which is also to Akpom’s credit during his first term, the statement continued,” the statement said.