The federal government is proposing legislation to ban the consumption of animal skin, locally known as ponmo, in the country to revive tanneries.
Muhammad Yakubu, director-general, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, who made the disclosure in Abuja on Sunday, said the litigation was necessary to revive the comatose leather industry in the country.
According to him, the habit of eating animal skin, which has no nutritional value, should be stopped to save the industry and boost the nation’s economy.
Yakubu added that the institute, in collaboration with stakeholders in the industry, would approach the national assembly and state governments to bring out legislation banning “ponmo” consumption.
According to him, the consumption of animal skin is partly responsible for the present comatose state of tanneries in Nigeria.
He also said the current National Leather Policy had addressed some fundamental problems of the sector.
Yakubu appealed to stakeholders to support the legislation and the national leather policy to revive the sector.