Factories use chemical for embalming corpses on ‘ponmo’
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut three factories which specialise in importing cow hide, popularly called ponmo. It accused them of using a chemical for embalming corpses for the preservation of the ponmo.
The three factories are located along Unity Avenue, Ijagemo; Sosanya Street, Ijegun; and Adedayo Ayodeji Street, WAZOBIA Bus Stop, Abaranje, all in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.
One of the facilities’ owner, Isaac Nwaebo was, however, arrested after he tampered with the agency’s seal on his premises.
A NAFDAC deputy director, Intelligence Unit, Mr Francis Ononiwu confirmed the incident.
His words; “When we first called at Nwaebo’s factory last week, there was a large quantity of hides; it appeared as if he just had his delivery. We decided to lock up the place and placed our seal on the door.
“When we came to check the place on Tuesday, the hides had all been removed. He has to explain how and why the hides disappeared from the place we locked up.
“There are so many imported hide factories in Lagos. The hides are preserved with the same chemical used for embalming corpses. They are not safe for human consumption. We have been fighting them and we will get to them anywhere they are.”
Residents of streets where the factories are located are said to have protested the continued activities of one of the factories in their area following the unbearable stench.
NADFAC as an agency, has the mandate of sanitizing the country’s food and drugs industry. However, despite their efforts, Nigeria has remained a dumping ground for all manner of food and drugs, posing grave danger to the life and wellbeing of the populace.
To date, Nigerians have not forgotten the untiring efforts of one its former Director General, Late Prof Dora Akunyili who opened the eyes of Nigerians and created massive awareness about the activities of manufacturers of fake and counterfeit drugs and adulterated food.
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