Cadastre eMC+ platform diversify mining sectors, says Nkom
Director-General of Nigeria Mining Cadastre (MCO), Obadiah Nkom, has said that the agency is diversifying mining sectors through its Electronic Mining Cadastre Plus (eMC+) an online platform.
MCO boss said the agency would continue to monitor the new technology following the migration to the online system to see how many people have keyed into it, and it was discovered the number of online applicants was on the increase.
Director-General of Nigeria Mining Cadastre, Obadiah Nkom, stated this in Abuja, during the one-day Review for Development (R4D) Retreat, organised by MCO with the theme: “Repositioning MCO Through Attitude Transformation for Improved Productivity”
Nkom noted that the essence of the retreat was to train the staff on how to handle the operations of the new technology effectively to take the management and administration of mineral titles to a higher level.
He said: “We had sessions with the EFCC, DSS, ICPC and code of conduct and the whole essence is to ensure that at the end of the day, the staffs are well informed, we have to talk about the people. We talk about the process and the technology. who are the people? the MCO staffs, ministry staffs and stakeholders are peoples.
“It’s a process towards a new system, and we have a new technology. So that’s the concept of the whole thing. And if the people do not reorient themselves, then we are going to have a problem in terms of the process. We are going to have a problem in terms of the new technology that we have.
“The system will help in curbing illegal mining in the country, 40 percent of the applications for mineral titles received by MCO since the launch of eMC+ was introduced five months ago, and the new technology will discourage peoples from indulging in illegal mining to diversifying mining the sectors.”
He explained that the aims of the retreat are to identify and proffer innovative solutions to address challenges affecting the effective administration and management of Mineral titles and also engage and reshape the work mindset of staff to focus on the efficient delivery of quality service in the most professional manner.
On his part, the chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, represented by his Deputy director of system study, presented a paper entitled: “Entrenching Good Work Ethic and Integrity for Excellent Service Delivery”, urged the staff to adhere strictly to ethics of public service for national development.
Delivering a paper titled “Ensuing corrupt free organization for excellent service delivery” the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, said that corruption is the more factor affecting service delivery in Nigeria.
Bawa was represented by the Director of Internal Affairs in the commission, Mr Ahmad Saad Abubaker, said: “Corruption is as old as the society itself and cuts across nations, Cultures, races and classes of people. It has been argued that one of the major obstacles to the development of nations is Corruption.
He said: “Corruption even though a global problem lacks a universally accepted definition. Transparency International defines corruption as behaviour on the part of officials in the public sector, whether politicians or civil servants, in which they improperly and unlawfully enrich themselves or those close to them, by the misuse of public power entrusted to them.
“Corruption is probably the most important factor affecting service delivery in Nigeria today. The Federal Government over the years has introduced several policies and laws to tackle the problem of corruption in the Public sector such as the Economic and Financial Comes Act 2004, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000. the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Act as well as the Service Delivery Initiative.”