Nigeria holds a significant reserve of solid minerals. At the last count, the country is known to have at least 34 types of solid minerals discovered.
In Nigeria, mining of solid minerals is governed by the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act 2007 (the “Act”), as well as the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Regulations 2011 (the “Regulation”). While the Act seeks to stipulate the legal and regulatory framework for mining activities in Nigeria, the Regulations provide for the procedure and processes for the acquisition of mineral titles in Nigeria. The types of mining titles presently available are exploration license; water use permit; quarry lease; small scale mining lease; and mining lease. It should be noted that the application for license grant, extension of license grant and transfer of license grant is carried out at the Mining Cadastre Office (MCO), a government agency established for this purposes.
Our Mining Team advises a varying range of clients on the procedure and requirements for a license grant application. This also includes interfacing with the local communities for the compensation for destruction of crops, acquisition of land, or relocation of the community (where the land upon which the mineral can be found is owned by a community), as well as assisting in the development of an adequate Community Development Agreement. Our Mining Team also advises on the procedure for the extension of a license grant and the transfer of a grant.
O & A as recognized experts in the mining sector, provides specialized services relating to:
- The proceedings and requirements to obtain mine and quarry research, exploration, exploitation and processing rights;
- Advice, assistance and representation in the acquisition process of various mining rights;
- The creation of mining companies in the Nigeria;
Analysis and advice on Nigerian Mining Laws, Rules & Regulations;
- Advice to and facilitation of Foreign Companies seeking to invest in the Nigerian mining sector;
- Acquisitions of mining assets ;
- Interfacing with the Federal Government and any other administrative bodies for issues related to the implementation of mining rights;
- Due diligence on ownership and legal standing of mining rights and assets;
- Provision of advice on local financing options with regard to development of mining assets;
- Assistance with the negotiation, drafting of contracts and structuring of finance transactions relating to foreign investment into the private, corporate and government mining entities in Nigeria;
- Renewal and extension of mining licenses.