The proposed legislation banning the consumption of cow skin, locally known as ponmo, by the Federal Government of Nigeria in order to revive the leather industry and boost the economy has continued to generate reactions on social media.
The Federal Government through the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST) Zaria, Professor Muhammad Yakubu, on Sunday said that the legislation to ban ponmo was necessary to revive the comatose leather industry in the country.
According to him, the habit of eating cow skin, which has no nutritional value, should be stopped in order to save the leather industry and boost the nation’s economy.
He stressed that the consumption of cow skin is partially 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 ponmo to buy and eat.”
While speaking on previous efforts made to…