An uncovered underground septic tank at the Kitson Mills Primary School at Korle Gonno in Accra has been sealed two days after claiming the life of a pupil, Robert Okoh Thompson.
The Assemblyman for the Korle Gonno Electoral Area, Mr. Ransford Quaye, and the Manager of the nearby Valley Beach, Paa Nii, came together last Thursday to erect a wooden structure to cordon off the site.
Reports indicated that at 4 p.m. yesterday, a concrete slab was being molded to cover the opening through which Robert Okoh fell into the septic tank.
Robert Okoh fell into the uncovered septic tank which was overgrown with weed last Tuesday while chasing butterflies with his peers during break time in his school.
The body of the deceased was later retrieved from the underground reservoir, which used to be a septic tank, by personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS). The tank, according to an official of the GNFS, is about 12 feet deep and full of water.
Speaking to Graphic, the family head of the deceased, Mr. Prince Tagoe, said the family was working closely with the police to obtain the passage to bury him.
According to him, officials of the Ghana Education Service, as well as some teachers of the school, had visited the family.
He added that the deceased’s grandmother, with whom he lived, could still not be consoled.
“She continually cries and screams the boy’s name since the incident happened,” he said.
Erected wooden structure to cordon off the area of the uncovered water tank