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Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Adesiji77: 9:50am On Aug 18, 2015
For the love of ponmo... cheesy grin

Mr. Olufemi Aluko, of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) , Ile-Ife, says Nigeria is losing out in the pack of countries competing for the 75 billion dollar global leather industry because of ponmo consumption. Aluko blamed the situation on the country’s neglect of the leather products industry in favour of oil production and consumption of its hides and skin as ponmo.

The don cited global industry report as confirming the situation urged the nation’s policy drivers to refocus on the sector as it holds great potential for export earning and employment. As we strive to diversify the nation’s economy I advised the Federal Government to create sound, supportive and transparent policies that will revive leather goods industries in Nigeria.

Aluko said, “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.’’ The lecturer explained that the formal leather goods industry had declined almost to extinction which could only be revived by transparent business policies.

According to him, the formal leather goods sector must be revived particularly to supply the domestic, regional and international markets.
He said that considerable hard work would be required by the public and private sectors in coordination for the sector to make considerable further progress but this is necessary as we refocus our economy and use of our abundant hides and skins for leather products rather than for consumption as `ponmo’. The lecturer added that economic growth and employment benefits from the sector were potentially considerable.
“Nigeria is, globally, perhaps the most important exporter of light leather. “ The leather tanning sector has made remarkable progress in recent years as it has progressed from export of raw and wet blue leather to finished leather.’’

In spite of the fact that `Ponmo,’ a delicacy made from hides and skin has been popularised mostly by the people of the South West, it has no nutritional value, Miss Yemisi Olowookere, a Nutritionist at Garki Hospital General Hospital, Abuja, said. “Its continous consumption has continue to generate concerns on its adverse effect on the tanning and leather industry in the country,’’ Olowookere said .

Olowookere said that Ponmo only appeals to the taste buds when properly prepared and has no nutritional benefits. According to her, Ponmo, is basically cow skin that has been processed to look similar to beef which is sold in the markets and an important ingredient in the preparation of several stews in various cultures. “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,’’ Olowookere said.

She said the classification of Ponmo was based on their mode of preparation and colour, adding that some are white, cream and brown.
Olowookere raised concerns over some of the health status of some of the animals killed which must have been ill and undergoing treatments.
He noted that rearers sometimes ignore such situation and will go ahead to kill them, leaving the buyers vulnerable to chemicals in the animal skin. “Some of the animals because of the ailments, they are usually given injection with contains chemicals. “People don’t allow these chemicals to complete its cycle and be removed from the body; they sometimes go ahead to kill these animals. “So, if you consume the ponmo, the tendency is that you are consuming the chemicals directly because the skin part of the animal retains most of the harmful substances,’’ Olowokere said.

She warned Nigerians to be careful of consuming` ponmo’ as the cow skins are usually not prepared in the best conditions. Olowookere said before the ponmo was brought to the market, a lot of different unhygienic substances such as trash, wood, charcoal, rubber tyres and so on, are thrown into the furnace to sustain the blazing heat. She, however advised that it was best to eat fish rather than ponmo.

In Aba, Abia the Chairman of the Leather Product Manufacturers Association, Abia state, Mr Okechukwu Williams, identified the sourcing of quality leather, importation of leather products, funding and infrastructure as their biggest challenges. “Being in the leather value chain, we work with leather as the key material for our production but we cannot access leather from Kano tanneries because they prefer to export their leather. “This is because they enjoy the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) which gives them more benefit than selling to us. “We use mostly imported leather here. A large quantity of this imported leather is left over brought to us. At the end of the day, its quality affects the quality of our work,” he said.

Williams said that the large quantity of leather which they use cannot be quantified stressing that with 16, 658 members in the workforce, the quantity is very high. He said that the quality of leather they get from abroad is not as good as the quality of Nigerian –made leather which is not synthetic as the foreign products from China. He, however, said that the federal government was reviewing the EEG granted these tanneries and expressed hope that from the review, the new policy will give them access to Nigerian leather.

In Imo, there are no state Tanneries or leather industries. The only shoe industry in the state was closed down in 2014, since then no leather products have been produced in the state.
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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Immanueladebol(m): 9:51am On Aug 18, 2015
Many ponmo eaters wont lyk dz.Dem wan try comot poor man food wt dz one nw ehen.The rich getting richer,d poor getting poorer.Instead of dem to divert d looted money,dem wan still loot our belle again.Chai THERE IS GOD O

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by lanrehamd: 10:01am On Aug 18, 2015
undecided
Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by otijah(m): 11:22am On Aug 18, 2015
75b mehn that's too much loss, na under which govt dis things dey happen sef
Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by ihatebuhari(f): 11:22am On Aug 18, 2015
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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Simple26(m): 11:22am On Aug 18, 2015
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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Feranmicharles(m): 11:22am On Aug 18, 2015
Una mad niangry if na 4 our stomach we chop d $75BN no wahala embarassed instead of us to lose the $75BN into the hands of corrupt leaderssad


Leave us,we like am like thatsad

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by oshibote1: 11:22am On Aug 18, 2015
Hmmmmm first page things
Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by FrankValency(m): 11:22am On Aug 18, 2015
I swear,without Ponmo "Ndi Ofe Mmanu" can't survive o,abeg leave them o,rice 20,ewa(beans) 20,macaroni 10,Ponmo 50.......... That's how 100 naira can be used to full belle,abeg e better than wasting it by govt.

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by yimikaa: 11:22am On Aug 18, 2015
So we've been eating money since.


Ponmo business is serious business.
Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by fixedhollies(m): 11:23am On Aug 18, 2015
Ponmo sweet now... Make our government make meat and fish cheaper.

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by speaktome(m): 11:23am On Aug 18, 2015
Wonderful!
Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by MrNL(m): 11:23am On Aug 18, 2015
choi
Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by ignis(f): 11:23am On Aug 18, 2015
They are trying to discourage the masses from eating pormo for their own benefits.
Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by themosthigh: 11:23am On Aug 18, 2015
[size=18pt]As far as we make more money selling kpomo in the local market than exporting it,we will eat it till we die.

just see how they want to increase the price of ponmo
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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Beetroot: 11:23am On Aug 18, 2015
Interesting.This is a sensitive topic for Nigerians.

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by AdesinaOlajide(m): 11:24am On Aug 18, 2015
Don't even go there FG.

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Nobody: 11:24am On Aug 18, 2015
Amaka joint owners will protest against this.

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by WhoBeThisMan: 11:25am On Aug 18, 2015
Amala, ewedu mixed with gbegiri will not be complete without Pomo. FG, don't go there!!!!

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Nobody: 11:25am On Aug 18, 2015
Feranmicharles:
Una mad niangry if na 4 our stomach we chop d $75BN no wahala embarassed instead of us to lose the $75BN into the hands of corrupt leaderssad


Leave us,we like am like thatsad
see dem,ponmo eater,dem no go hearangry

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by CharlieMaria(m): 11:25am On Aug 18, 2015
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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Scout60(m): 11:26am On Aug 18, 2015
seen her


.another news
Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by smkgeovarni: 11:26am On Aug 18, 2015
Wailing wailer won't like diz angry
Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by wunmi590(m): 11:26am On Aug 18, 2015
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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Surejobsng(m): 11:26am On Aug 18, 2015
I love ponmo grin
Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Goddygee(m): 11:27am On Aug 18, 2015
Hahaha, dat will not stop me frm eating ponmo, i luv am die !
Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by appini: 11:27am On Aug 18, 2015
Touch not my ponmon

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Feranmicharles(m): 11:27am On Aug 18, 2015
vheMa:
see dem,ponmo eater,dem no go hearangry
who be dis one now U chop sumtin??

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by Sunnycliff(m): 11:27am On Aug 18, 2015
....Every policy against my ponmo consumption... #in mfm voice ..

fayayayaaaaa

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by coldsummer: 11:28am On Aug 18, 2015
i see. so if you divide the $75bn by the number of countries in this world, how much would be in nigeria. how many people will benefit from business, how many people can access funds to start a business.

abeg allow us eat wetin we enjoy.


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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by iphanyiuma(m): 11:29am On Aug 18, 2015
Feranmicharles:
Una mad niangry if na 4 our stomach we chop d $75BN no wahala embarassed instead of us to lose the $75BN into the hands of corrupt leaderssad


Leave us,we like am like thatsad
this is the only reasonable comment av seen you comment in your life gringrin

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Re: Ponmo Consumption: Nigeria Losing Out Of $75bn Global Leather Industry by AmakaDNB(f): 11:29am On Aug 18, 2015
grin grin grin
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