The Federal Government is proposing a law to ban the consumption of animal skin, locally known as ponmo, to revive tanneries.
The Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, Muhammad Yakubu, said this in Abuja on Sunday.
Yakubu said the litigation was necessary to revive the comatose leather industry
He said the habit of eating animal skin, which has no nutritional value, should be stopped to save the industry and boost the nation’s economy.
The director-general added that the institute, in collaboration with stakeholders the industry would approach the national assembly and state governments to bring out legislation banning “ponmo” consumption.
“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,” he said.