The Federal Government through the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development has revoked 1,633 minerals titles previously awarded to non-complying mining companies.
Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja, on Tuesday.
He said the mineral titles were revoked due to failure to pay mandatory annual service fees of N1,500 per cadastral unit.
“The Mining Cadastre Office has 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,” the minister said.