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 The majority of Nigerians consider cowhide (Ponmo) to be a delicacy, but the Federal Government may well have finalized plans to outlaw its sale and widespread consumption.

It was revealed that legislation was being proposed to forbid the eating of ponmo in the nation on Monday, September 19, 2022, when Muhammad Yakubu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, stated as much.

To save the leather sector and strengthen the economy of the country, he claimed that people should quit eating ponmo, which has little nutritious value.

The institution would approach the national parliament and State governments to introduce laws banning the consumption of "ponmo," the director-general continued, in coordination with industry stakeholders.

"As far as I'm aware, Nigerians are the only people in the world that overvalue skin as food; after all, ponmo isn't even nutrient-rich.

"There was once a motion before the two chambers of the national assembly; it was argued but I don't know how the subject was thrown away," the speaker recalled.

He claims that the current status of the tanneries in Nigeria is mostly due to the consumption of animal skin.

He added that several basic issues facing the industry had been addressed under the present National Leather Policy.

"People won't often have ponmo to purchase and eat if we get our tanneries, footwear, and leather production in Nigeria running effectively. When completely implemented, it would restart the majority of the paralyzed tanneries and increase production, the man claimed.

Yakubu made a plea to the various parties involved to support the legislation and the national leather policy in order to revitalize the industry.

As stated in the Agricultural Research Institute Act of 1975, NILEST was founded to support the manufacture of leather. The institute carries out studies on the use of domestic tanning resources in the nation as well as the manufacturing of leather and leather products.

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