Lagos State Government Confiscates Truckload Of ‘Toxic Ponmo’

The Lagos State Government has confiscated a truckload of “Toxic
Ponmo” at Ijegun, a suburb of the state in the Alimosho Local Government
area of the State, imported into the country by some unscrupulous
individuals.

Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, Dr.
Olayiwole Onasanya, who disclosed this in Lagos today noted that Police
in Ikotun area of the State made the arrest of a vehicle fully loaded
with cowhide, otherwise known as “ponmo”, and subsequently informed
officials of the State Government.

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He pointed out that the cowhide preserved with certain chemicals for
the purpose of being used as leather material are being sold for human
consumption by some criminals prior to their arrest by the Police and
subsequent confiscation by the State Government.

The Permanent Secretary noted that the confiscated “toxic ponmo”,
suspected to contain substances that could spread the Ebola virus, has
since 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.

Dr. Onasanya explained further 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. He reiterated the commitment of the State Government
to step up its monitoring activities with a view to further fishing out
the existence of any “toxic ponmo” in the 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 Ministry of
Agriculture. The Permanent Secretary also advised members of the public
against the purchase and consumption of food whose sources are doubtful
or perceived to be harmful to human health and wellbeing.

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