The federal government has announced plans to introduce legislation that would outlaw the eating of ponmo, or animal skin, across the nation in an effort to save the tanneries.
Muhammad Yakubu, the director general of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology, or NILEST, Zaria, announced this on Sunday in Abuja. According to the Agricultural Research Institute Act of 1975, NILEST was established to encourage the manufacture of leather. The institute carries out research on leather manufacturing, leather goods, and the use of domestic tanning resources in the nation.
The habit of eating animal skin, which has no nutritional value, should be abolished, according to Yakubu, who claimed that the litigation was required to resuscitate the country’s dead leather sector and strengthen the economy.
The Director-General further stated that the institute would approach the national parliament and state governments to introduce legislation outlawing the consumption of “ponmo” in cooperation with industry stakeholders.
He said: “To the best of my knowledge, Nigerians are the only people in the world that overvalue skin as food, after all, Ponmo has no nutritional value.
“At one point, there was a motion before the two chambers of the national assembly, it was debated but I don’t know how the matter was thrown away.”
He added that several basic issues facing the industry had been addressed under the present National Leather Policy.
The people in Nigeria won’t have any trouble finding pomo to buy and eat if we get our tanneries, footwear, and leather industry running smoothly, according to Yakubu.
“When completely implemented, it would revive the majority of the paralyzed tanneries and increase productivity.” It might interest you to Watch fotage of woman who raids bank to pay for her sister Cancer treatment
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