It beats logic that salaries for senior civil servants in some of the third world countries are at bar or above those of the same job groups in the developed world. Many economists concur that for third world countries to join the league of developed nations, it has to spend less on salaries and spend more on investment and development. Through salary increment can be used to help the low income earners in society during inflation and economic recession, it will always serve as a short term measure.
A salaried government employment has become comfort zone for many lazy people in the third world. Though in some countries, like Kenya, they have come up with Rapid Result Initiative (RRI), they have either missed its focus or the implementers have always come up with success reports that do not reflect reality.
Since necessity is the father of invention, it is reasonable to assert that perpetual comfort in salaried employment and assurance of the status quo can make many to be creatively dull. It is funny that many of government employees with little to show have continued to make noises demanding for salary increment. Some civil servants idle around and say, “Even before knowing, end month again is around the corner. " Few of the civil servants are good investors and therefore they would always have some money to use as they idle around.
The government should spend much to develop the country. A country needs infrastructures, industries, a vibrant, a strong service system and a working social welfare system. Third world countries have had their Priorities wrong. Many senior legislators and technocrats in these countries having half of their populations earning less than a dollar per day, spend a lot of revenue to acquire very expensive fuel guzzlers manufactured in the first world countries. It is ironical that they can go for these expensive cars yet they do not manufacture them and most of their countries do not mine oil. Oil prices are always rising but these of men just want more and more of the trapping of power and wealth.
The problem in the third is not only lack of investment. Most of the third world countries’ talents and knowledge of its educated population are underutilized. These countries should reward talent, creativity, and hard work if it has to join the league of developed nations. Investing in technology and industrialization will not only assure employment to the educated youth of the third world and better salaries but also high standard of living in the near future.
By samwel Kipsang