• A Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Ilorin, Saka Nuru, has called on Nigerians to ignore rumours making the rounds that the consumption of cow skin, locally known as “Ponmo”, is dangerous to human health.

    Prof. Saka, who made this known last Tuesday while featuring on a popular Yoruba programme on Unilorin 89.3 FM, Oro t’on lo, said that although eating Ponmo does not add any nutritional value to man’s health, it does not have any negative effect on the body once it is boiled perfectly.

    The former Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria don, said that the consumption of Ponmo as meat substitute by most Nigerians might not be good enough if the economic implication is considered.

    According to Prof. Saka, the cow skin can be processed into leather, which can further be used to make products such as shoes, wallets, leather jackets, and other leather products.

    He, however, appealed to the government at all levels to mobilise the citizens on how to make the best use of the cow skin, adding that, doing such would create job for many Nigerians as well as boosting the economy of the country.

    The septuagenarian appealed to Nigerians to always keep their environment clean in order to prevent diseases, adding that a healthy environment is central to increasing our quality of life.

    Prof. Saka urged the government agencies in charge of maintaining healthy environment to always do their jobs diligently and make sure that the abattoirs in every part of the country are always clean so that Nigerians can consume healthy meat.

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