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FG to Ban Consumption and Sale of “Kpomo”?



Ponmo BellaNaijaThe federal government is reportedly considering banning the sale and consumption of “kpomo” (animal hides and skins).

Kpomo/Ponmo is considered to be a delicacy for many Nigerians.

Akinwunmi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, reportedly indicated that the ban may be implemented as a means of “curtailing the widespread consumption of hides and skins as Kpomo which ought to be tanned into leather for a very high dollar return to the farmer and Tanneries,” Vanguard reports.

Adesina made the announcement during the 3rd joint anniversary of Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) and Nigeria Institute of Animal Science held at the University of Ibadan.

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    September 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Sad times…what did kpomo do to these people?

    • Benson Ossai

      September 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      hahahahaha i dnt knw oooooooooooo

    • ak

      September 12, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      lol that Minister is foolish.

      Only in Nigeria would one Minister think of banning a delicacy enjoyed by many people, just for his own benefit.

      They did it with Fuel Subsidy. At the end of the day, the money vanished. That will be the case here too: some select people will have the majority of the money and send down the scraps to the farmers.

      Mr Minister,
      Why can’t you develop our corn, or canola or sesame- so that we can create corn oil and co?
      Why can’t you develop our industries milk so that majority of Nigerians drink Made in Nigeria Milk?
      Why cant you develop our butter- so that it is world-class.

      Foolish man.
      All the countries you are looking at; they would rather pay more for “organic” aka grown in their countries.
      Here you are, still with your foolish mentality of selling to foreigners when your own market has not been developed.

      Simple economics, maybe that’s why you are a farmer.


      October 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm


  2. Meh

    September 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    BN try to give us good news

    • saviour udoh

      September 12, 2014 at 2:44 am

      Any body that band kpomo, God will also band him frm his kingdom. Where is our oil and gas has it dryed up. Pls think of better things to…….we did not elect you to come and band kpomooooooooooo

  3. amaa

    September 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Hian all this banning so ein don reach kpomo !!!!!!!. . If you were banning the consumption and sale because of its environmental pollution(the process involves burning of car tires which is harmful to human ) then it is understandable but banning it because you want Nigerians to export it is out rightly ridiculous. Why don’t you offer top of the range foreign currency to the sellers and watch them move swiftly from our soup pots to exports .

  4. fleur

    September 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    When I saw the heading I thought “Finally, Nigerian health bureaucrats are catching up to the dioxin scare from the processing and consumption of Kponmo”. Then I read the article and heaved a sigh of frustration. Let the market determine. Please. Use your legislative and regulatory powers for more important things. If you are not worried about cancer from Kpomo consumption then let the sellers of cattle find a market for their hide that pays higher and commands more by way of demand. That is all that is required for kponmo to get off the dinner table and into handbags and shoes. Dont need no regulation or legislation. We seriously need education for our policy makers like CEUs. Please email me. I can provide these services.

  5. Cece

    September 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Hopefully not.

  6. Olumide

    September 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I don’t think it is a good idea. If they want to open the eyes of people to the money they can make from exporting hides, then they should go ahead and educate livestock farmers on that, and not ban something that is loved by many in this our country.

  7. Bishop

    September 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    they should not try it ooo. #BringBackOurPonmo

  8. 9jafoodie

    September 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Grrr…. the little things that really upset me in life. This is stupid and such a waste of time and national resources; the cost of implementation alone will be staggering (not like they will ever have a proper follow through). But why ban ponmo though? the simple law of economics apply in every market, if leather is more lucrative the market will react as such.
    With all the proposals & sector development ideas that have gone to this office, all they want to do is ban ponmo……… SO STUPID!!!

  9. sum1special

    September 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    say yes to kpomo.

    • Jeffrey

      September 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Big NO to kpomo eating! Yes to good leather shoes, bags and belts!

  10. D'Mamma

    September 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I couldn’t be bothered. I no dey chop kpomo

  11. tunmi

    September 10, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    So this is what you learned from your economics class abi?

  12. Jeffrey

    September 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Good talk minister! Enough of this madness. most nigerians prefer the italian kpomo shoes and belts and consume their very kpomo that have no value. mumu? some idiots must be forced to do things right nd this is the best time. we must bring back our hide/skin industies. the other day in a fashion fare in lagos, nigerian women gathered around a brazil stand admiring a hand bag made with fish kpomo! wake up 9jians!

  13. Benson Ossai

    September 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    After the ban of kpomo,then follows the ban of intestine,cow tail,cow leg, andcow mouth. I dey laugh.

  14. Alert!

    September 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    This people are I eat kpomo oh..infact, it almost does not miss out in my soup..#sobs

  15. Bennie Errick

    September 10, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Abeg if na joke just stop am o! make una no do rough play o! Kponmo that has been saving lives since 1820????? not a laughing matter o!

  16. onyebuchi

    September 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    This is very sad, and not funny again….our leaders should get busy with the challenges we have at hand…not banning kpomo,Ndi ara!!!

  17. @edDREAMZ

    September 10, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    The yorubas will definately sue the FG thats for sure…..

  18. Cherelle

    September 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Pls.oooo make una leave my ponmo alone, it has nothing to do with the mirage of problems plaguing this yeye Jona doomed Government..ooooo! I can’t do without it in my soup!, in short, it’s one of the reasons why i still have hope that naija will be better, imagine, banning ponmo,? Ah non, c’e n’est pas drole!

  19. emeka ike

    September 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm


  20. Chike

    September 10, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    They just want to turn our soups into wilderness. What is there to eat again?

  21. teekay

    September 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Would miss u pomo *sobs

  22. yinda

    September 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    The Nigerian government has misplaced priorities!!!

  23. Zeeze

    September 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Make this our government no go there oh. Matter wey concern them den never face na poor man pomo den don dey eye, because of leather make we no chop pomo? Remember say for the duration of this ebola matter bush meat don commot for soup now pomo. Ehn ehn ehn EEHHHNNNNN make una go work leave pomo matter oohhhh.

  24. Goody

    September 11, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Absolute rubbish.! You should first of all provide Nigerians with enough source of protein. What have you government been doing with the rvenue being generated from oil and gas which is enough to solve problems in Nigeria? Curruption,curruption, curruption, We eat pomo here in Europe. Government here encourages sources of protein that saves peoples lives. You should think; you minister with shallow mentality.

  25. ijebu boy

    September 11, 2014 at 5:16 am

    i see a riot in the works. “W hat do we want?!! KPOMO!!! When do we want it?!! NOW!!!”. fuel subsidy protests were nothing. let them try messing with the kpomo. dem go take!


    September 11, 2014 at 7:05 am

    this is how GLOBALIZATION kills TRADITIONS. who is going to be wearing the Leather? WHITE PEOPLE!!

    • MC

      September 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Nigerians dont wear leather shoes? carry leather hand bags

  27. Koffie

    September 11, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Actually @Goody, ponmo has no protein. Its just hide but loved by many people. It does not in fact add any nutrient to your body. Yes to more protein doesn’t translate to more ponmo sha.
    And by the way, I love love ponmo. @9jafoodie, I see you girl.

  28. Bullet

    September 11, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Na lie eno go work………Oga Jona…e no go work eh.

  29. Dotty

    September 11, 2014 at 9:49 am


  30. Seun oladapo's

    September 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Wait first….what is all this. First of all ponmo is derived from d skin of COWS as goats. Please since wen do the skin of these animals make good leather anywhere in d world. What correlation does ponmo therefore have with leather goods. I cry for Nigeria. It’s like our leaders just wake up and spit out nonsense without doing their homework first. No direction, zero brain usage. Mpsheeew

  31. be

    September 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

    lmao……funny headline we have cows everywer, dat they wnt to export it as leather (ie if it is posible) doesn’t mean dey will ban ponmo consumption they should breed more cows instead give loans to dis farmers……eyes closed trynn to imagine vegetable soup without ponmo……..screemmmmmmms

  32. esin jacob

    September 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

    aaahhhh goverment please o dont band kpomo o that is d only thing dat makes my food looks

  33. SA_chic

    September 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    The fact this is consumed is disgusting!

    • ak

      September 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Please keep your disgust to yourself.

      Abi you are one of those people that would rather eat pasta and shrimp? Instead of Eba and Efo riro with some nice goat meat and sharki

  34. dj

    September 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I’m not holding a brief for ponmo but cow skin is what is processed into ponmo while goat skin is processed into leather for bag and shoes so, two totally different things. besides since ponmo and leather are both viable and legitimate economical needs I think what Govt should do is increase production not banning. I mean will you ban the use of palm oil in cooking because its used in soap making???

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