The Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Council, Yusuf Ari, said this on Friday in Lagos.
“We had finished the marking exercise for the November/December SSCE for private candidates since November,” he said.
“The entire process of conducting and collating was quite impressive because there were no negative reports from any of the centres nationwide.
“We used limited logistics, and this to a great extent relaxed the pressure we normally had during the May/June examination,” he added.
Mr. Ari, however, pleaded with candidates and other stakeholders to be mindful of the activities of touts around the offices of the council in order not to be victims of their nefarious plans.
He said there was need for members of the public and the government to assist the council in its effort to protect innocent citizens from the persistent exploitation by touts.
“We all need to join hands in fighting these fraudsters who stay around our offices, looking for innocent people they would mislead by issuing fake certificates.
“We have made a lot of efforts to sensitise the public concerning the activities of these people, but still wonder why many people still go to them for transactions.
Offices of the examination body, particularly its Lagos Headquarters, are surrounded by touts who promise to help visitors to the body with various tasks, for a fee. The tasks range from result authentication to result forgery and certificate production and collection.
The WAEC spokesperson said Nigerians should not patronise the touts.
“Candidates and other stakeholders have been told over time not to transact any form of business with anybody outside our perimeter fence,” he said.
“They should walk in straight to our offices and they would be provided with the correct information.
“We do this to prevent them from losing so much in the bid of trying to get their certificates and other relevant information that could determine their future,” he added.
Mr. Ari said that before now, the council, in collaboration with the police, raided the touts around the council’s office at Yaba, Lagos, adding that various fake WAEC certificates and university certificates were found on them.
He said that other documents found on them were fake polytechnic certificates, foreign institution certificates and other documents purported to have been forged by the gangsters.
“I think we should all join hands in intensifying efforts to rid the system of these set of people.
“We should also embark on this continually in other to prevent the heartache their activities usually cause the victims,” Mr. Ari added.