The Federal Government has dismissed a recent media report which stated that it has banned the consumption of ponmo, a delicacy obtained from animal skin.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, revealed this at the inauguration of the third Council of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS). The Minister said the government was trying to regulate the consumption of ponmo for better leather industry.
While inaugurating the new leadership, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hajiya Asabe Ahmed said the various industry standards and the minimum operating procedures developed by the institute, has resulted in high consumer confidence in the industry.
In his acceptance speech, the new President of the third Council of the institute, Professor Folorunso Adu said the institute will remain grateful for the tremendous support of the ministry, especially for the creation of the department of Animal Production and Husbandry Services.
He lamented the lack of funds to operate zonal offices, to effectively capture the entire country and the take-off of the institute?s School of Postgraduate College to train and enhance the skills of members, as some of the challenges currently facing the institute.
Also in his farewell address, the outgoing president of the first and second Council of the institute, Professor Placid Njoku, emphasised that the institute has made significant progress under his leadership.
Professor Njoku highlighted some of their achievements to include setting up of zonal and liaison offices in ministries and departments, organising workshops and training for livestock farmers in the country.
He added that the institute has awarded contract for the construction of permanent site and the establishment of centre of excellence in six universities in the country, among other achievements.