Popular entrepreneur, Obinna Iyiegbu, better known as Obi Cubana alongside other netizens have reacted as the Federal Government voices out its intention of banning the consumption of animal skin, ‘Ponmo’.
Reports serving rounds online hold that Mr. Muhammad Yakubu, director-general, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria disclosed, on Sunday, 18th September, that a legal action to ban the consumption of animal skin was necessary to revive the leather industry in the country. He added that animal skin has no nutritional value and Nigerians ought to be discouraged from consuming it in a bid to aid the nation’s economy.
In his words:
“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
If we get our tanneries, our footwear and leather production working well in Nigeria, people will hardly get pomo to buy and eat. When implemented fully, it would turn around most of the comatose tanneries and ginger greater output in production.”
Reacting to the news, Obi Cubana lamented while stating that his favorite part of meat is gone. Other social media users also left some opposing comments.