The Federal Government of Nigeria  has  pronounced that it has a plan to  legislate  on the ban of the consumption of  animal skin, locally called ‘ponmo’ to revive  tanneries.



The Director General  , Nigerian Institute of Leather  and Science  Technology , NILEST ,Zaria, Muhammad Yakubu said  this in Abuja on Sunday .


NILEST was  set up to promote leather production as provided  in the Agricultural  Research Institute Act of 1975. The  institute  conducts research  of the production and products of leather and the utilization  of local tanning materials in the country.



Yakubu , who  said that the litigation  was necessary  to revive  the decline of  leather  industry  in the country, said  the habit of eating  animal skin , which has  no nutritional  value , should  be stopped  to save  the industry  and boost  the nation’s economy.


The  DG added  that the institute , in collaboration  with stakeholders in the industry, would approach  the national assembly  and State governments  to bring  out a legislation  banning  ‘’ponmo’’ consumption.



He said, ’’To the best of my knowledge, Nigerians  are  the only  people  in the world  that over value  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 also  said that the current  National Leather Policy  had addressed  some fundamental  problems of the sector.



Yakubu said : ’’If  we  get our tanneries , our footwear  and leather production working well in Nigeria, people will hardly get ‘Ponmo’ to buy and eat’’.





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



































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