Apart from these opportunities, various rivers in Sierra Leone also serve as landmarks by demarcating chiefdoms, districts as well as regions in the country.
This important function of rivers has drastically downsized the spate of communal and tribal conflicts from time to time, and one of the rivers in Sierra Leone providing such opportunity is the River Rokel.
Abu Kamara of Mamanso Village, in the Marampa Chiefdom told African Young Voices that River Rokel which is the Northern part of Sierra Leone is not an exception to the aforementioned benefits provided by various rivers in the country.
He disclosed that , river Rokel divides two chiefdoms in Port Loko District these included, Marampa and Masimera Chiefdoms and that residents of these two chiefdoms predominantly engaged in subsistence agriculture and fishing.
Furthermore, Kadiatu Kamara a resident of Masimera mentioned about crops produced by farmers in Marampa and Masimera Chiefdoms.
Kadiatu Kamara continued that the socio-economic importance the two chiefdoms would have been disrupted hadn’t been the provision of a local ferry provided by the Sierra Leone Roads Authority to transport goods and people free of cost.
This means of transportation has linked up the two chiefdoms and it has helped greatly towards improving not only the country’s economic sector, but also the social and cultural sectors.
Head of operations Mamanso Ferry, Sorie B. Bangura said, they had operating in that part of the country many years transporting goods and people to and from on a daily basis.
He further explained that their schedule commenced from 7am to 7pm every day, but that they usually extend operation beyond their time schedule when there is a social activity, like musical show, sports
Mr Bangura went on to state that Mamanso Ferry had not only boomed the transport sector in Masimera and Marampa Chiefdoms, but also the agriculture sector by transporting farm produces from production site to markets places.
Sorrie Bangura expressed frustration to this medium in relation to their salary, stating that they were not paid on time and also they operate on twelve hours basis.
He said that as operators of the Mamamaso ferry, they had served the ferry management for fourteen years and they were still casual
According to residents of the two chiefdoms, there mamaso ferry is unique as the ferry itself is about ninety percent locally made.