CEM REPORT | In a move to revive the Nigerian leather industry and deliver the full potential for the country, the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST) is proposing a legislation to ban the consumption of animal skin, locally known as ponmo, in the country.
Considering the global and local size of thel leather industry, Government ought to take strategic step to reposition it for growth.
The global leather goods market size is expected to reach USD 743.50 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 6.9% from 2022 to 2030,
In 2021, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) report declared that the Nigerian leather industry has the potential of not only increasing its earnings by 70% but also can generate over than 1 billion US dollars by 2025.
According to statistics, Nigeria is one of the top raw animal skin producer in the world. NILEST is saying that the habit of eating animal skin, which has no nutritional value, should be stopped to translate the huge animal skin produced in huge leather industry which will save the industry and boost the nation’s economy.
The Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, Muhammad Yakubu, disclosed this in Abuja on Sunday.
According to him, the consumption of animal skin is partly responsible for the present comatose state of tanneries in Nigeria.
He added that the institute, in collaboration with stakeholders in the industry, would approach the national assembly and state governments to formulate legislation banning “ponmo” consumption.
“To the best of my knowledge, Nigerians are the only people in the world that overvalue skin as food, after all, Ponmo has no nutritional value,” he said.
“At one point, there was a motion before the two chambers of the national assembly, it was debated but I don’t know how the matter was thrown away.”
He also said the current National Leather Policy had addressed some fundamental problems of the sector.
“If we get our tanneries, our footwear and leather production working well in Nigeria, people will hardly get pomo to buy and eat.
“When implemented fully, it would turn around most of the comatose tanneries and ginger greater output in production.”
The DG appealed to stakeholders to support the legislation and the national leather policy to revive the sector.
NILEST was set up to promote leather production as provided in the Agricultural Research Institute Act of 1975. The institute researches the production and products of leather and the utilisation of local tanning materials in the country.