NILEST Advocates for a Ban on Ponmo Use in Nigeria (See Why)
According to the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), legislation is being proposed to outlaw the country’s eating of animal skin, also referred to as “ponmo.”
Professor Muhammad Yakubu, the director-general of the NILEST Zaria, said on Sunday in Abuja that legislation was necessary to revive the country’s stagnant leather industry.
He argued that in order to save the industry and progress the nation’s economy, eating of animal skin, which has no nutritional value, should halt.
Since ponmo has no nutritional value, he claimed that Nigerians are the only people in the world who overvalue skin as food.
The DG announced that the institution would collaborate with business interests to approach the National Assembly and state legislatures to seek legislation outlawing Pomo consumption.
He replied, “I don’t know how the subject was thrown away, but at one point, a motion went before the two chambers of the National Assembly, and it was deliberated.
He claims that the current status of the tanneries in Nigeria is mostly due to the consumption of animal skin.
“People will scarcely get ponmo to purchase and eat if we get our tanneries, our footwear, and our leather production going effectively in Nigeria,” Mr. Yakubu added.
The DG added that the sector’s core issues had been addressed under the present National Leather Policy.
When completely implemented, he claimed, “it will revive the majority of the paralyzed tanneries and increase productivity.”
In order to revitalize the industry, he pleaded with stakeholders to support the legislation and the national leather policy.
According to the Agricultural Research Institute Act of 1975, NILEST was established to encourage the manufacture of leather.
It carries out research on all facets of leather manufacturing, leather goods, and the use of domestic tanning resources in the nation.