HOW TO OBTAIN A MINING LICENSE IN NIGERIA




Foreign companies that wish to commence mining activity in Nigeria must obtain permission from the relevant government agency before engaging in mining operations. The Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office has exclusive responsibility to administer mineral titles.
In line with section 46 of the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007, the right to search for, or exploit minerals in Nigeria, is governed by one of the following mineral titles:

Reconnaissance Permit 
Exploration License
Small Scale Mining Lease 
Mining Lease 
Quarry Lease 
Water Use Permit 

LICENSE/PERMIT APPLICATION PROCEDURES


Application forms for the different mining title can be obtained from the Mining Cadastre Offices or downloaded from the agency's website: www.miningcadastre.gov.ng. After downloading the form, applicants are expected to: