People have been advised to guard their West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificate well, as the body has vowed not to re-issue on account of misplacement, fire, flood or theft.
The council’s Head of National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, gave the advice while fielding questions in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) today in Lagos.
He explained that the advice was important because many people have been visiting their offices for a re-issue of the lost certificates.
“Let me make it clear that in the real sense of it, our certificates are issued only once, irrespective of who is involved or the circumstance that led to the mis-placement, and that remains the truth of the matter.
“We do not issue our West African Senior School Certificates Examination (WASSCE) twice.
“But, if we have such cases of theft, fire, flood, and others, as it concerns these certificates, yes, in reaction to our operational environment, we can consider the issuance of an ‘attestation certificate.
“About five years ago, the council, that is, the highest governing body met and took a decision on this, stressing that there is no test body that issues two of its certificates to a single candidate in one examination.
“But, if a candidate should experience such losses through fire, flood or theft and can provide all the necessary proofs required to that effect, that will show such things actually happened to his or her certificate, there are certain steps such candidates are expected to take before approaching the council for further action,” he said.
The WAEC chief explained that after all such processes had been satisfactorily concluded then, the council would consider the issuance of “Attestation Certificate”.
“It is this certificate that we give out and not re-issuance of another certificate.
“This is what we have been doing for the past five years now.
“We have many Nigerians who have benefitted from this because it is like a replacement of the real certificate.
“These people who have benefitted from this come from all the stratum of the society,” Adenipekun said.