By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The acting Director General, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST) Zaria, Dr. Eucharia Ngozi Oparah has said that collaboration with state governments and National Assembly members is adding value to research development.
She stated this while answering questions from journalists on the collaboration the Institute is engaging in.
Dr. Oparah said that states like Zamfara and Borno sponsored IDPs for various training and afterwards, they were given starter packd to enable them begin on their own and even to employ some people to learn under them.
She said, some National Assembly members also sponsored their people through their constituency projects to support the Institute financially.
The acting DG noted that harnessing hides and skins will help Nigeria and the sector improve, considering the number of animals slaughtered in the country every day.
According to her, the leather products will be more gainful than consuming the hides and skins as popularly known as kpomo.
She lamented that for over decades, the policy of consumption of kpomo has been forgotten about, talkless of passing through the policy makers for approval.
Dr. Oparah said, unless the Kpomo is blocked from going out of the abbatoir and massive campaign is carried out to sensitize people on the need to stop eating Kpomo as a food before they can stop eating it.
The acting DG noted that as agenda, the Institute is working with NAPRIS on the livestock in order to have its own animals for the purpose of having quality of hides and skin for leather production.