The Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST) Zaria says it is proposing a legislation to ban the consumption of animal skin locally known as ponmo in the country
Director-general of the institute Prof. Muhammad Yakubu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja that the legislation was necessary to revive the comatose leather industry in the country.
According to him, the habit of eating animal skin, which has no nutritional value, should be stopped in order to save the industry and boost the nation’s economy.
“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,” he said.
The DG said the institute, in collaboration with stakeholders in the industry, would approach the National Assembly and state governments to bring out legislation banning Pomo consumption.
“At a 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 said.
According to him, the consumption of animal skin is partly responsible for the present comatose state of tanneries in Nigeria.
“If we get our tanneries, our footwear and leather production working well in Nigeria, people will hardly get Pomo to buy and eat,’’ Yakubu said.
The DG also said that the current National Leather Policy had addressed some fundamental problems in the sector.
“When implemented fully, it would turn around most of the comatose tanneries and ginger greater output in production,” he said.
He appealed to stakeholders to support the legislation and the national leather policy to revive to revive the sector.