- The importation of substandard ponmo seems to have commenced in some part of the country
- This followed the arrest of some men who imported the commodity into Rivers state
- Many Nigerians see the product as a delicacy that can not be ignored
Nigerians are at the mercy of criminal-minded entrepreneurs who are bent on making money at all costs.
This is the case of some arrested people who were caught with a truckload of suspected substandard animal hide, popularly called ponmo, Punch reports.
The Rivers state government intercepted the substandard ponmo in Onne, Eleme local government area of the state.
Dr Fred Kpakol, the commissioner for agriculture, confirmed the incident while speaking to journalists in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the ponmo came into the country from Madagascar. He said the truck has been taken to the police area command in Eleme for further investigation.
The commissioner stated::
“We got a tip-off that some canda meat that was imported found its way into the state. We went in and found out that it had come in from the Onne Port.
“It’s was a container full of canda meat. We were able to intercept it and took it to the area command. When it was opened, it was discovered that it was adulterated and stinking. From the import paper, we found out that it came in from Madagascar.”
In another report, a market woman who speaks English fluently lamented low patronage due to the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
Legit.ng had reported that the woman, who graduated from Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, said some of her ex-coursemates make jest of her because she sells ponmo (cow skin).
According to her, she had to take over her mother's business because she couldn't find a job.
Legit.ng also reported that a Nigerian doctor, who is known for giving medical advice on Twitter, Harvey Olufunmilayo has advised Nigerians against the consumption of ponmo. The doctor said ponmo is medically useless.
The doctor took to the platform to list reasons for this and why it can sometimes be harmful. He also noted that it should not be given to growing children.
He stated that children need protein and ponmo lacks the nutrients they need to grow and develop their brains. He also revealed that ponmo is not a protein alternative.