In an exclusive interview with Capitol Times, Henries disclosed that the process is currently ongoing and over 1,000 persons have affixed their signatures to the document.
According to him, after the completion of the signatures, the House will be petitioned to have the document endorsed for referendum which if passed, will make salaries of public officials to be restricted to stop government officials especially lawmakers from escalating their salaries willy-nilly. He further suggested that lawmakers’ salaries should be reduced by 25-30%.
Speaking on his ambition for the 2017 representative seat in the district, Henries said it was disheartening during past elections to see people not taking time to vote on issues, but rather because someone promised to provide them makeshift toilets, hand pumps, quasi market loans, palaver huts and little cash.
“Because of such low level thinking on the part of voters, they end up producing the wrong leaders, as is the case with District #9,” Henries lamented.
To change this untoward trend, he said voters need to vote for substantive issues and not for makeshift project which will not last beyond the campaign season.
“We contested 2011, though we did not win, but 96% of our promises made have been completed. We don’t only talk, we work and show our people the practical way how to do it,” he said.
Naming some of his work in the district, the aspirant disclosed that he took lot of young people from the ghettos and transformed their lives, some of whom are currently involved in waste management in the district. He also helped to mitigate flooding in various communities by using the youths to open drainages.
“We have proven our capacity to make good laws and to represent the people. Decisions made in the House now are self-centered and not in the interest of the people. This is why we need level headed people to go there and do the right things,” he said.
Henries also revealed that as a citizen, he has pushed two cardinal bills in the House regarding amendment of the National Social Security Act of 1975, and the establishment vocational centers in grade schools to boost the build the capacity of students before graduation.
He explained that the current lawmaker in the district has not used her oversight responsibility to push the issue of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital to have it improved to encourage people running there for medication.
The young legislative aspirant noted that he has been working with 23 clinics in both districts #9 and 10 and four major hospitals including the JFK, SDA Cooper, Catholic Hospital and C.H Rennie in Margibi County under the FUBBI-Care Foundation to have affordable health care for all.
He disclosed that he has a container at the port with medical supplies valued over US$3,000 to be distributed to those clinics and hospitals.
He is expected to launch his agriculture program in the agro-fishery sector to help people boost their nutritional options.