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FG revokes 3,402 mining titles, generates paltry N3.7bn in 2022
For defaulting on the terms of their licences, the Federal Government has revoked titles of 3,402 mining companies. The disclosure was made by the Director General of Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office, Mr Obadiah Nkom, during a State House briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team on Thursday in Abuja. Nkom said NMCO revoked the mining rights of companies that were not using their licences. He also disclosed that the NMCO generated over N3.7 billion in 2022.
He said, “And, we are very transparent; if you need the Certified True Copy of any document, an application belonging to anybody or any license or whatever, the law permits us to give it to you. “Because anything we are doing can be a subject to litigation; like we said, in terms of revoked titles, recently, we published a list of defaulters numbering 3,032 and we have revoked titles of 3,402. “And, we equally have people that have grants; they have been communicated, but when you cancel it, you see lawyers writing us about following the provisions. Nkom also said that some applicants who applied for licenses were yet to collect them, and that these defaulters be gazetted before action would be taken.