The Federal Government has stressed the need to computerise the nation ‘s mining sector , saying it will enhance development and efficiency of the sub -sector of the economy.
Sensitising primary stakeholders on the adoption of the Electronic Mining Cadastre System, (eMC+), in Ibadan, Director General/ CEO, Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office, under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, South West region, Engr. Obadiah Simon Nkom, said the new system was designed to cater for the entire process of Mineral Title administration; from application submission, payment of fees, granting (refusing) up to the issuance of certificate.
According to him, the efforts towards the computerization of the Mining Cadastre Office picked up with development focused on enhancing development.
“EMC+ is simply like the word, Electronic Mining in Cadastre and like i said, somebody will say what is the +, we will have to be able to put the + looking at the global trend; what are the attributes you need to add and that is the +, to make it effective, efficient, transparent and we will be able to adapt it to the whole word and things that are coming.
“One needs to now put those attributes in place. so Electronic Mining Cadastre will be able to now access the system from anywhere in the world, you dont need to come, you don’t need to leave Ibadan, even with your phone you will just see and have access to the status of the mineral titles, you will be able to have email send to you, stages of your licencing proceedings.
In his goodwill message, Commissioner for Environment, Oyo State, Abiodun Oni lauded the initiative, saying it will go a long way in the effectiveness and efficiency of the mining cadastre processes.
The commissioner who represented the state governor, Seyi Makinde, therefore urged all relevant stakeholders to take maximum advantage of the programme, stressing it will benefit the mining sector tremendously.
“I dare submit how easy my job will become with this innovation. Technology they say is the bedrock of modern civilization, without technology the mother of modern technology will not grow.
“I am particularly inspired by some of the hurdles this innovation will address. This will set the pace for the mining sector to work and deliver more efficiently and effectively.