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Nigeria To Ban Consumption Of Animal Skin, Says Has No Nutritional Benefit

Nigeria is proposing a legislation that will ban the consumption of animal skin, what they locally refer to as “ponmo” but known in the Ghanaian settings as “Wele”.

The move, the government holds, is to revive the country’s tanneries.

This was made known by the Director-General of the country’s Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST) over the weekend.

He added that the meat has no nutritional value yet contributes to the comatose state of the leather industry.

“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. At one 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.

He is hopeful that “when {the law} implemented fully, it would turn around most of the comatose tanneries and ginger greater output in production.”

Source: Fuseini

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