The West African Examination Council, WAEC has advised holders of its certificates to guard them properly as it will re-issue in place of misplacement, fire, flood or theft.
The Council’s Head of National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He emphasized on the importance of adhering to the advice as lots of people approaching the council 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 misplacement, 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 further that it would consider the issuance of “Attestation certification” after all the process have been concluded.
“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. (NAN)