The West African Examinations Council has advised people in possession of its certificates to guard them well, saying it will not re-issue on account of misplacement, fire, flood or theft.
The council’s head of national office, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, gave the advice in an interview with news men today in Lagos state. Mr. Adenipekun said the advice was necessary as lots of people have been approaching the council at various times for a re-issue of the lost certificates.
He explained that 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.
The WAEC chief explained that after all such processes had been satisfactorily concluded then, the council would consider the issuance of “attestation certificate”.
According to him, in an effort to reduce the incidence of certificates loss and protection, the council in Nigeria, four years ago introduced what it called certificate cover.
He explained that one of the ways candidates or persons get their certificates destroyed was majorly in an attempt to laminate them.
Mr. Adenipekun said that the council’s non-sticky certificate covers were unique and protective, even if when submerged in water.
added that these were parts of the innovations the council introduced over the
years in an attempt to serve the public well.