Reactions have trailed the proposed banning of the consumption of animal skin, locally known as ponmo, by the Federal Government.
Muhammad Yakubu, director-general, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, had on Sunday argued that the ban will revive tanneries in the country.
According to him, the consumption of animal skin is partly responsible for the present comatose state of leather industry in Nigeria.He also said the current National Leather Policy had addressed some fundamental problems of the sector.
“If we get our tanneries, our footwear and leather production working well in Nigeria, people will hardly get pomo to buy and eat. When implemented fully, it would turn around most of the comatose tanneries and ginger greater output in production.”
Yakubu further appealed to stakeholders to support the legislation and the national leather policy to revive the sector.
However, reacting to this via comments on Instagram blog, Daddy Freeze wrote, “I love the fact that our country is run by utter geniuses.”
Monica Friday wrote, “Can we ban darkness for one year instead? Justice for ponmo.”
Singer Chike wrote: “Oh Nooo!”
Officialdyijay wrote: “So, this is Nigeria’s major issue now? Misplaced priorities.”