The West African Examination Council has cautioned the mass who have the WAEC certificate to keep it because regardless of the incidents that could occur, be it misplacement, fire, flood or theft, no certificate will be reissued.
Mr Adenipekun, the head of national office for WAEC, made it clear on Sunday during an interview in Lagos State.
Mr Adenipekun gave this advice on the fact that a lot of people are approaching them at various time for a lost certificate reissued.
“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 displacement, and that remains the truth of the matter.
“We do not issue our West African Senior School Certificates Examination twice.
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“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.
After his response, he said the council would only issue a certificate of attestation.
“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 original certificate.
“These people who have benefitted from this come from all the stratum of the society,” Adenipekun said.