SSA on Power Urges A’Ibom Youths to Shun ‘Crab Mentality’
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Power, Dr. Victor Udo has urged youths in Akwa Ibom State to shun what he called the ‘crab mentality.’
Speaking at his office during a meeting with the Akwa Ibom State Chapter Chairmen of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Dr. Udo stressed the importance of collaboration and mutual support among the youths.
He said: “Collaboration and mutual support will ensure the sustainable development of the State.”
He mentioned that “crab mentality is a behavior where members of a group, out of envy, conspire to pull down anyone who is on the path to success. Crabs caught in a basket could easily escape individually but instead they continue to pull down each other, which prevents any of them from escaping to the overall disadvantage of the bunch.”
Dr. Udo admonished the youths to shun such behavior but rather “embrace solidarity and celebrate the success of one another for the overall development of the State.”
Speaking further he urged the youths not to rely absolutely on government employment but to harness their inner potentials into productive ventures that will make them self-employed.
He expressed appreciation to His Excellency, Governor Godswill Akpabio for giving him the opportunity to serve and seized the occasion to explain the power supply situation in the State.
The SSA who doubles as the Managing Director of Ibom Power Company, said since he took over the management of the company in June this year “Ibom Power plant output has increased from an average of about 60MW to 100MW. Plans are ongoing to deploy a transmission maintenance crew to Uyo which will ensure that faults on transmission lines are resolved speedily.”
He added that this decision was reached after his meeting with the Chief Executives of National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
Dr. Udo mentioned that “vandalization of distribution assets continues to pose a major challenge to steady power supply.” He, therefore, urged the youths to be involved in safeguarding power infrastructure within their communities.
The leader of the group, Otobong Okpongkpong, expressed appreciation to the SSA on Power for his “outstanding contribution to the ‘uncommon transformation’ of Chief Godswill Akpabio” and pledged their support to the sustainability of the development strides in the State.