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Reasons Why Nigerians Can Never Part With Ponmo

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Ponmo is a delicacy many Nigerians cannot do without and many have prioritized the meat as their favorite. Some Nigerians have given reasons why they cannot do without the delicacy.

The delicious succulent texture of ponmo when cooked and seasoned, makes it a favourite food of many Nigerians.
However, in many developed countries, skins of cows, goats and sheep are not consumed but used in production of leather and related products.
Economic experts are worried that Nigeria is losing out in the pack of countries competing for the huge global leather industry because of the high rate of consumption of animal skin.
Risikat, who thrived on sales of ponmo, narrated that she had customers in corporate organisations, who she delivered the commodity (ponmo) to.
She said that the meals of the customers were never complete without the delicacy.
“I have customers in banks and other corporate organisations. They call me on phone and I deliver it through my sales girls.
 
“ I have been making up to N60,000 per day for many years,’’ Risikat said with enthusiasm.
In spite of reports regarding the adverse results the consumption of animal skin posed to human health, many could still not do without ponmo in their pots.
Recently, there were warnings against eating some species of ponmo burnt with tyres on the basis that the processing was not hygienic.
In spite of the health hazards posed by those burning ponmo with tyres, the level of sale and scramble for the commodity in markets nationwide continue to rise unabated.
During the production stages, the commodity is subjected to n*ked flames to burn the skin of the animal.
According to research, during the burning process, a lot of unhygienic substances such as trash, wood, charcoal, rubber tyres and so on, are thrown into the furnace to sustain the blazing heat.
The black skin is burnt, while the white animal skin is boiled and the flesh is scrapped.
A further survey of markets in Ikorodu, Lagos, revealed that many people, even the elites, could not do without the delicacy.
Some sellers of the commodity told NAN that they were fully in the business.
A seller of the commodity in one of the abattoirs in Ikorodu, who chose anonymity, said he had been in the business of sales of ponmo for 20 years.
He added that there had never been a time he never made huge sales.
Another woman, operating a beer parlour along Ijede Road in Ikorodu, Mrs Alice Maduka, said her customers preferred to drink their beer with ponmo, garnished with pepper.
“My customers prefer ponmo with peppered stew than beef, so I buy in bulk daily,’’ she said.
Also, a Manager of a cafetaria in Sabo Market in Ikorodu, Mr Alex Ndigwu, said his customers preferred ponmo “because it is bigger and cheaper than beef’’.
“ My customers prefer to eat ponmo because it is sweeter and bigger than beef; so I usually get it in large quantity,’’ he said.
Heath experts, however, expressed mixed feelings about the nutritional value of ponmo.
Some dieticians and food scientists warned that consumption of ponmo is dangerous to health, adding that some of the animals suffered skin diseases.
They also said that the tyres used in burning the animal skin could cause cancer and some other killer diseases.
Recently, the Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology (NILEST), Zaria, Dr Isuwa Adamu, said that consumption of the product “as meat is dangerous to health’’.
“Scientifically, ponmo does not have any nutritional value to human health.
 
“Scientific research has shown that it does not add any nutritional value to human health.
 
“Some of the animals where ponmo is gotten from are usually sick and harbours dangerous injected chemicals and this leaves the consumers vulnerable to the chemicals in the animal skin,’’ Adamu said.
An 85-year-old man, Mr Alaba Taiwo, said he never believed ponmo could be hazardous to health.
“I have been eating it right from my childhood and if truly ponmo causes many hidden sicknesses, i would have died a long time ago.
 
“As I am, I like it more than real beef and I am medically fit and sound,’’ he said.
Mrs Ijeoma Ugba, a Nutritionist at Foods Guts and Psychology Centre, analysed that ponmo was medically proven to have calories (150g); and Total fat (4g); Saturated fat (1g); and Poly-saturated fat (0g).
She mentioned Mono-saturated fat (0g); Trans fat (0g); Cholesterol (0g); Sodium (0mg); Potassium (0mg); and Total Carbohydrate (0g);
Ugba talked about: Dietary fibre (0g); Sugars (0 per cent); Proteins (0 per cent); Vitamin A (0 per cent); Vitamin C (0 per cent); Calcium (0 per cent); and Iron (0 per cent).
Dieticians and food scientists suggested that government should come up with policies to reduce the consumption of ponmo.
Apart from the debate over health hazards of the commodity, a reduction in its consumption, would provide more raw materials for the tanneries.
Source: NAN

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Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

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Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

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