Nigerians have been advised to stop the consumption of ponmo. This is aimed at resuscitating the tanning and leather industry in the country.
Olufemi Aluko, a senior lecturer of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), has advised Nigerians to stop eating ponmo. Aluko claimed that the country loses $75 billion annually from the global leather industry.
Aluko alleged that the massive consumption of ponmo has killed the leather industry in Nigeria.He called on the government to put a ban on its consumption.
As we strive to diversify the nation’s economy I advise the Federal Government to create sound, supportive and transparent policies that will revive leather goods industries in Nigeria. Nigerian leather goods businesses must develop procedures to ensure developed markets where products are compliant with environmental and social responsibility requirements as well as international standards.
Another medical personnel, Yemisi Olowookere, a Nutritionist at Garki General Hospital, Abuja, alleged that the tanning and leather industry has been closed down because of the indiscriminate consumption of ponmo in the country. She also claimed that ponmo has little or no nutritional benefits.
Its continuous consumption has continue to generate concerns on its adverse effect on the tanning and leather industry in the country
Most Nigerians love Ponmo so much that some believe a good day meal is incomplete without It; Ponmo is a regular sight at parties and several public outings, served in different forms. It would be quite shocking for some people to know that Ponmo contains little or next to nothing in terms of nutritional value.
This is not the first time Nigerians are advised to leave ponmon for the tanning and leather industry but many people claim they cannot do without it in their meals. Some have also claimed that the stomach is first before any other thing.