The Lagos State Government said it had disposed of a truckload of toxic cowhide (ponmo) seized recently in the Ijegun, Ikotun area of the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Olayiwole Onasanya, said the state would continue to apprehend and prosecute those who imported unwholesome products into the country and the state.
According to a statement, Onasanya spoke on Thursday at the Medical Dumpsite, Ewu Elepe, Ikorodu, where the ponmo was disposed of.
The permanent secretary, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Veterinary Services, Dr Adeyemi Olufemi, while supervising the exercise, recalled that the seized ponmo had formaline and slate lime, which he said were carcinogenic in nature and could cause cancer.
He said the cowhide was supposed to be used as leather material, but was imported by ‘unscrupulous people’ as ponmo for human consumption.
“Dr Onasanya enjoined members of the public to report any suspicion of unwholesome products to the government for appropriate actions, adding that intelligence reports indicate that there are more of such mostly in the Ikotun and Igando areas of the state.
“He stressed that it was a matter of time before the perpetrators of such acts were apprehended.
“The permanent secretary lauded the support of other agencies such as the Primary Health Care Board, the Lagos State Waste Management Authority and other agencies of government in the disposal of the poisonous ponmo,” the statement said.