YAM, which is culturally believed to be the king of all crops has been described as a crop worthy of celebrating its first fruits to promote the Igbo cultural heritage and to thank God for bumper harvest of the farming season every year.
The branch chairman, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Anambra East L.G.A, Comrade Victor Udealoor, stated this while delivering an address during the celebration of Anambra East New Yam Festival, 2018, adding that this celebration has nothing to do with diabolical practices but simply the Igbo traditional way of thanking God for giving them the grace to cultivate enough yam for the year.
Also speaking, Sir John Iwuno, pointed out that although yam is synonymous with manhood and kingship, the specie known as Abana belongs to women, which why it is not used in celebrations. Underscoring the pre-eminence of yam as a crop,
Igwe Oranyelu described it as abomination for an aggrieved party in a dispute to harvest pre-mature yam from a farm land. He, then encouraged the workers of Anambra East L.G.A to embark on farming, promising to give prices to producers of biggest tubers as from 2019 celebration.
In their separate speeches, Comrade Boniface Iloegbunam, a staff of the council and the Chairman of the occasion, who represented the State NULGE President, Sir Jerry Nnubia and NULGE State Trustee, Sir Clement Ezedinachi,
noted that as Anambra East L.G.A is an agrarian local government workers in the council should equally promote agriculture, adding that the celebration has made the local government first among equals in the 21 L.G.As of Anambra State as no other L.G.A has held such an occasion.
Delivering a vote of thanks, the branch secretary, NULGE, Anambra East L.G.A, Comrade Patrick Onuorah, expressed gratitude to the chairman of the council, Pius Ifeadi, the transition committee team and the parastals for the cordial relationship existing between them and the staff and the solidarity shown them by honouring their invitation.