The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Olayiwole Onasanya, described the cowhide as “Ebola ponmo” in a statement by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Jide Lawal, on Monday,
According to the statement, the Police in Ikotun area of the State made the arrest of the fully loaded vehicle and subsequently informed officials of the State Government.
Onasanya 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 “Ebola 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 fish 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.