Director General (DG) of Mining Cadastre Office (MCO), Engr. Obadiah Simon Nkom, was awarded with a Certificate on behalf of MCO for the best Digital Innovation of the Federal Government for the year 2022.
The award was presented to MCO by Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA).
MCO defeated five (5) other nominees, namely: Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS), Federal Road Safery Corps (FRSC), Pension Commission (PENCOM) and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to win the Award.
Since becoming the DG of MCO, Nkom has transformed the agency by introducing many innovations that have been pivotal in repositioning the agency.
For the benefit of hindsight, Engr. Obadiah Simon Nkom was appointed the Director – General of the Nigeria Mining Cadastre, an Agency under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in January, 2019.
The mining expert holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Mining Engineering from Federal University of Technology, Akure in addition to various other qualifications which include an MBA and PGD in Management from University of Maiduguri, HND in Mining Engineering from Kaduna Polytechnic, Certificates in Geo-database, Geographical Information System, both from Houston, USA, Spatial Data Handling, Netherlands, Public Administration, Maiduguri, Mining and Metallurgy, MINETEC, Japan and he also obtained a certificate in Japanese Language.
He is currently the 30th President of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) and also member of the following professional bodies amongst others;
Fellow, the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society(FNMGS)
Fellow, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE)
Fellow, Nigerian Society of Mining Engineers (FNSME)
Fellow, Geoinformation Society of Nigeria (FGEOSON)
Fellow, Nigerian Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (FNAEGE)
Member, Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG)
Member, Council of Registered Engineers (COREN)
Nkom was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science and Fellow in Sustainable Environmental Development at St Louis D’Afrique University Porto- Novo, Republic of Benin. He also received an award on the African Leaders Integrity Merit in Lome, Togo, he has served in various committees as well as attended courses and conferences within and outside Nigeria in Mining and Mineral Sector Development.
Nkom hails from Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area in Southern Kaduna Senatorial District of Kaduna State.