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Mr Obadiah Nkom recieving his award from NANS

Mining cadastral D-G bags NANS outstanding personality award

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By Vivian Emoni

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has honoured the Director-General (DG), Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office (MCO), Mr Obadiah Nkom, as its most outstanding personality of 2023.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NANS presented Nkom with the award on Wednesday in Abuja.

The students body said that the award was a great honour and a call to extend his level of service.

Receiving the award, Nkom thanked NANS for recognising him with such an award, adding that the mining office was ready and committed to partnering students.

“It is not easy being an ex-co for over 40 million students across the country, it is a great responsibility, I am happy for one thing that at the end of the day we will really work together.

“I have never experience this kind of honour given to me, I don’t even know that the great students are also watching us. NANS has bestowed on me greater responsibility, greater expectations and greater work.

“I just find peace in my heart that with you we will go the journey together to attain better things needed to achieve.

“I am really happy for the award given to me I will continue to be talking about this award till the end of my life,’’ he said.

The director-general said he was President of Nigeria Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS), for two years, adding that he had also received award from Students Union of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).

He said that the MCO was committed to improve the mining economy, particularly in terms of revenue generation.

Nkom said that the office would continue to be committed and must ensure more achievement by boosting revenue and bringing the office to gateway to economy diversification.

He said that the office was ready to work close with the NANS to attain its objectives and goals for national development.

He said that the award portrays activities of the mining sector, as well as the NANS, adding that the office have a huge responsibility to move the country to a greater level.

“I want to ensure that our revenue this year surpasses the previous years.

“Even during COVID-19 pandemic that the office suppose to have short down rather, we are moving forward, we are achieving more.’’

Nkom said the MCO has been able to provide an electronic mining cadastre system (eMC+), adding that the aim was to improve service delivery and to ensure transparency and accessibility of information.

He recalled that the MCO received award as the best in Digital Innovation, in 2022 by Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA).

“We are now partners in this field, together we are going to work. going to work. As a student you will have challenges but ensure that you don’t allow such challenges to bring you down.

“The mining sector is an avenue to generate job opportunities for youths and create revenue to the government. ’’

The National Secretary, NANS, Usman Karkia, while presenting the award to Nkom said that the award was to encourage and appreciate the director-general of his dedication in delivery of duties.

Karkia said that the NANS was ready and committed to work with the MCO for economy development of the country.

“NANS decided to present this award to the able D-G because we have discovered great potential in his delivery of duties and we know that he deserves the award.

“We acknowledge all your contributions to ensure that the sector improved and move forward for a greater height.

“You are not weary nor tired in your commitment; the award is to encourage you to spur up your good and hard work.

“We also acknowledge your distinguished contributions to the national development as well as the economic growth and sustainability of Nigeria as a whole,’’ he said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Vivian Ihechu

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