FG revokes 1,633 mining licences, reads Acts to illegal miners

Federal Government of Nigeria has revoked 1,633 mining licences due to default in payment of stipulated service fees by operators


Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake, made the announcement on Tuesday in a press briefing  in his office..

He stated that the revocation becomes imperative following the expiration of a 30-day notice to defaulters, as stipulated by sections 11 and 12 of the Nigerian Mineral Mining Act (NMMA), 2007.“In compliance with the law, the Mining Cadastral Office (MCO) on October 4, 2023 began the process of revoking 2,213 titles. These included 795 Exploration titles, 956 Small Scale Mining Licences, 364 Quarry licences, and 98 Mining Leases. These were published in the Federal Government Gazette Number 178, Volume 110 of October 10, 2023 with the notice of revocation for defaulting in the payment of Annual Service Fee. 

“The mandatory 30 days expired on November 10, 2023. Only 580 title holders responded by settling their indebtedness. With this development, the MCO recommended the revocation of 1, 633 mineral titles as follows: Exploration Licence, 536; Quarry Licence, 279; Small Scale Mining Licence, 787 and Mining Lease, 31.

” In line with the powers conferred on me by the NMMA 2007, Section 5 (a), I have approved the revocation of the 1,633 titles. I hereby warn the previous holders of these titles to leave the relevant cadaster with immediate effect as security agencies shall work with the Mines Inspectorate of the Ministry to apprehend any defaulter found on any of the areas where titles have been revoked”, Dr. Alake said 

He added  that efforts were on-going to sanction other operators defaulting in payment of royalties, taxes amongst others, emphasising that revocation of operators shortchanging government is an on-going process which he noted will create space for serious prospective investors to come on stream.

Fielding questions from Newsmen, Alake read the riot act to culprits asserting that their days are numbered.
He vowed that government would sanction  those who refused to change 

On insecurity, the minister said  plans for the establishment of Mines Police is underway, He disclosed that the military will conduct initial clearance operations to pave the way for the deployment of the Mines Police.

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