The enemies behind ponmo are at large.
The Federal Government has given us more reasons why the hides and skins of cows and goats (better known as ponmo) will be banned – because it is dangerous to health.
Isuwa Adamu, the Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology (NILEST), said â€˜ponmoâ€™ does not have nutritional benefits. Yes, we already know that. But there’s more!
He said some of the skins harbour chemicals which are used to treat animals that may be suffering from skin diseases.
Here’s an excerpt of his speech from Vanguard:
“In fact, it is not advisable for you to consume ponmo in the sense that some of the animals killed and used for ponmo actually have skin diseases.
â€œSome of these skin diseases are such that boiling them ordinarily, may not kill the bacteria,â€™â€™ Mr. Adamu said.
He added that some of the animals killed had been ill and undergoing treatment but the rearers go ahead and kill them, leaving consumers vulnerable to chemicals in the animal skin.
â€œSome of the animals because of the ailments that they have gone through, are sometimes treated by way of injection with chemicals.
â€œPeople donâ€™t allow these chemicals to complete its cycle and be removed from the body; they sometimes go ahead to kill these animals.
â€œSo, if you consume the ponmo, the tendency is that you are consuming the chemicals directly because the skin part of the animal retains most of the harmful substances.
â€œRemember your skin is the major protective organ of your body and your skin harbours so many of the harmful things that are supposed to penetrate into your body,”
What do you think? Will you stop eating ponmo since its obvious the effects are harmful?