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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says it will commence an Electronic Certificate Management System to enhance issuance of certificates to candidates, to minimize the problem of abandoned certificates.

Mr Damianus Ojijeogu the council’s Head, Public Affairs, unveiled this in an interview with FACTSZONEMEDIA reporter in Lagos on Thursday .

He stressed that the online system will enable the council to print certificates of candidates only on request by the candidates.

“With this in place, it will assist the council in decongesting backlog of certificates abandoned for years while very few people come for the collection them.

“With this in place, any candidate that wants his or her result will go online to make request and leave an address of where it would be delivered.

“It does not matter where they wrote the examination.

“The process has reached an advanced stage and hopefully, by 2019, the mechanism would be deployed,’’ Ojijeogu said.

Ojijeogu said that examination body (WAEC) have been putting up an appeal to candidates yet to collect their certificates, but that the response had been very low.

“In 2014 alone, we placed several advertorials in some newspapers appealing with those concerned to come forward for their certificates as they are taking up too much space in our offices.

“We did not get any meaningful response.

“Certificates as far back as 1980s are still lying fallow in our office with their owners not making attempt to come collect them, moreover, the number will be staggering if we should put them together.

“Currently, the practice has been that if certificates should stay in our custody for more than four years, the owners will be charged with a custody fees of N5,000 on collection excluding the N3,500 for the collection of such certificate.’’

Mr. Ojijeogu said "certificates of candidates who wrote the 2017 Nov/Dec WASSCE, Private, have since been printed and ready for collection in all the council’s offices across the country".

“Some persons who have written the examination repeatedly and failed are not willing to collect their certificates unless they are compelled to do so.

“They only come around to request for it probably as part of visa requirement, job interview or screening at work places in offices.

“This is not supposed to be so. They wrote the examination and it is only proper that they come for their certificates,” Ojijeogu submitted.

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