A truck loaded with contaminated cow-hide, popularly called Ponmo, has been confiscated by Lagos state government at Ijegun, a suburb of Lagos in the Ikotun-Igando Local Council Development Area, old Alimosho Local Government Area of the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Olayiwole Onasanya, disclosed this in Lagos. He said that the Police in Ikotun area of the state made the arrest of a vehicle loaded with ponmo and informed officials of the state government. The substance was said to have been imported into the country by some individuals still at large. Recall that about 30 tonnes of similarly dangerous ponmo were seized by the state government earlier this year, in same axis.
He said the cowhide had been preserved with chemicals for the purpose of being used as leather material, but are being sold for human consumption by some criminals before the arrest by the Police and subsequent confiscation by the state government.
He informed journalist that the confiscated ponmo has been transported to the Ministry’s outstation at Johnson Agiri Office Complex, Agege, for onward disposal at the medical waste dumpsite in Ewu Elepe, Ikorodu, area of the state.
He also explained that other relevant agencies such as the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, and Environmental Health Officers have been duly informed of the discovery and the disposal exercise.
reiterated the commitment of the Lagos state government to continue to step up
its monitoring activities with a view to further fishing out the existence of
any bad ponmo from Lagos markets. He, however, called on members of the public
to be vigilant and report any suspected activities and sales of unwholesome
foods to the nearest local government in the state or the state’s Ministry of