Nigeria To Prohibit Consumption Of Cow Skin ‘ponmo’ For Low  Nutritional Value

Nigeria To Prohibit Consumption Of Cow Skin ‘ponmo’ For Low Nutritional Value

Nigeria is planning to ban the consumption of ‘Ponmo,’ or cow skin, due to its low nutritional value.

“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,” Muhammad Yakubu who heads the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, Kaduna State said.

According to the Agricultural Research Institute Act of 1975, NILEST is the government agency in charge of promoting leather production. It conducts research on leather products and the use of local tanning materials in Nigeria.

Yakubu, speaking in Abuja, stated that the consumption of cow skin was contributing to the decline in production in Nigeria’s leather industry.

Ponmo is a popular ingredient in many Nigerian soups, particularly in the country’s southwest, where families of all socioeconomic backgrounds use it as an alternative or alongside beef and chicken.

Yakubu believes that prohibiting the consumption of Ponmo will be necessary to resurrect Nigeria’s dormant leather industry. He is not the first to raise concerns about Ponmo consumption in Nigerian households.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) warned Nigerians in July 2019 to be cautious when purchasing Ponmo.

According to NAFDAC DG Moji Adeyeye, their investigations revealed that “unscrupulous businessmen and traders are now diverting animal hides meant for industrial use into the food chain for consumption”.

According to Adeyeye, further investigation disclosed that some of the companies illegally imported hides from countries such as Lebanon and Turkey.

As a result, NILEST DG Yakubu is requesting legislative support from the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives to prohibit the consumption of Ponmo.

Yakubu claimed that the consumption of cow skin is partly to blame for the current state of tanneries in Nigeria.

Also, he stated that the current National Leather Policy had addressed some of the sector’s fundamental issues.

“If we get our tanneries, our footwear, and leather production working well in Nigeria, people will hardly get pomo to buy and eat,” Yakubu said.

“When implemented fully, it would turn around most of the comatose tanneries and ginger greater output in production.”

 

 

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