The advice was contained in an internal memo to all medical team members, NAHCON staff and pilgrims.
Following this, a statement signed in Lagos by the Resident Media Consultant to NAFDAC, Sayo Akintola, quoted the Director General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye as warning the general public, particularly consumers of Ponmo against the activities of some unscrupulous businessmen and traders who are selling industrial animal hides as food articles.
Oloke, a renowned microbiologist, revealed this while speaking at a seminar entitled: “Life Style, Diseases and Management,” held at the PCU campus, Ibadan on Tuesday.
Dr. Eucharia-Ngozi Oparah, acting Director-General of the Institute, who disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Zaria, said the institute planned to re-engage the public through sensitisation programmes against the consumption of ponmo.
The Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Wednesday burnt the intercepted poisonous animal skin popularly known as “Ponmo” (cow hides) imported into Nigeria.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Toyin Suarau, led a team of the Ministry of Agriculture officials and operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on the closure and dislodgement exercise
Adesina said this at the third joint anniversary of the Animal Science Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science held at the University of Ibadan