Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani has reacted to the proposed ban on the consumption of cow skin, locally known as ponmo.
Naija News had reported that the federal government had said that the proposal to ban the consumption of ponmo in the country was due to the lack of nutritional value and its effect on the nation’s textile sector.
The Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Muhammad Yakubu, had disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja.
Yakubu noted that the habit of eating animal skin, which has no nutritional value, should be stopped to save the industry and boost the nation’s economy.
He added that the institute, in collaboration with stakeholders in the industry, would approach the national assembly and state governments to bring out legislation banning “ponmo” consumption.
According to him, the present comatose state of tanneries in Nigeria was partly due to the consumption of animal skin.
“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,” he had said.
Reacting to the proposed ban in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Wednesday, Senator Sani applauded the government for the proposed ban on the consumption of ponmo.
The former lawmaker said the ban will help in boosting the export of leather and leather products.
He wrote: “The ban on the consumption of Cow skin (Ponmo), will help in boosting the export of leather and leather products.”
The ban on the consumption of Cow skin (Ponmo),will help in boosting the export of leather and leather products.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) September 21, 2022