Residents of Gravel Junction near New Gbawe are grieving after a two-year-old boy was found drowned in an abandoned manhole in the area.
The body of little David was recovered from an uncovered manhole in the Weija-Gbawe Municipality of Greater Accra Region.
According to the mother of the deceased, she last saw her son when he came in asking for food.
“He went to play with his friends, but after a while, I called him to return, I gave him some food since he said he was hungry. After eating he went back to play with his friends. I stepped out to the salon at about 4pm and I even saw him playing with his friends. At about 5 pm, my husband called me and said my son had gone missing. So we reported to the Gbawe chiefs palace and the Lafa police station for assistance but for two days we couldn’t find him,” She said.
The assemblyman of the area, Mr. Oppong directed the Municipal Assembly to ensure that all “deadly manholes” in the area are either covered or destroyed.
He also pleaded with parents to be very vigilant of their children to prevent such incidents from happening in the near future.
Tina Naa Ayeeley Mensah, MP for the area and deputy Minister of Health who was there to offer her condolences to the bereaved family said the assembly will soon charge residents who have dug manholes within the community and failed to cover them up.
“There are manholes that have been dug for so many years and have not been covered and so the boy went playing around there and fell inside. We are here to console the mother and also give warning to all those people who have dug manholes that they should cover them up,” She added.
“I was playing with my younger brother when I visited the washroom. Upon my return I realised that my brother was nowhere to be found,” the sister of David, Akosua said in relation to the disappearance of her two-year-old brother.
Meanwhile, she had initially said that her brother was kidnapped.