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.
Tribune reports that the proposed ban on ponmo seems not to have gone down well with some Nigerians who took to Twitter to react and berate the government over the development.
According to them, banning ponmo is a misplaced priority and should be the last thing to bother the government for now as the country is currently facing many challenges that need urgent attention. They wonder what an average Nigerian who can’t afford to buy other delicacies due to the economic situation of the country will be surviving on if the ban is enforced.
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