By Alhaji Tamba -Sowa
The dynamic and pragmatic Member of Parliament representing Constituency 082 has been appointed last week by the Leader and Chairman of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Dr. Prince Harding, to become the latest Deputy Leader of Government Business. Prior to his appointment he was very instrumental in making salient contributions during debates to such an extent that his popularity grew exponentially and he became a household name.
According to Parliamentary history he has been the youngest MP ever to be appointed as Deputy Leader of Government Business.
Hon Bashiru Silikie holds a Master of Public Admin(MPA) Degree from Njala University , a Bachelor of Arts(Linguistics) Degree from the same University.
He first became a Member of Parliament in 2012 representing Constituency 082 in the Baoma Chiefdom, Bo district and since then he has maintained that position to date.
Hon. Silkie was Deputy Leader of Delegation to the Pan Africa Parliament, Chairman of the Committee of Works and Public Assets, a Member of the Appointments and Public Order Committee as well as a Member of the Transport, Mines, Information and Communications Committees.
Born in Yamandu in the Baoma Chiefdom, he started his primary school education at ICS primary School Yamandu in the Boama Chiefdom and later proceeded to the Police Primary School in Kissy .Later he attended the Bo School and St Edwards Secondary Schools.
The charismatic MP has won a lot of awards for his development drives in his Constituency and the country as whole.
He was re-elected as MP because of his pro-activeness in Parliament. It has been established that he and Hon. Paran Tarawally were the strongest voices of then SLPP in Parliament when the now main opposition APC was in Governance.
He submissions are those one cannot question. Many see him as a real mixer in Parliament who cuts across all political party members. Many have attested that the SLPP leadership took a wise decision to appoint such an Honourable at this time when the country need such kinds of people in the leadership of SLPP in Parliament.
In an exclusive interview with this medium Hon. Bashiru Silikie stated that as Deputy Leader of Government Business he believes he will be in a better position to represent the interests of his party and find common grounds with opposition parties.