By Samuel Adegoke
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has approached the Nigerian Postal Agency (NIPOST) for a partnership that will enhance delivery of certificates to candidates in all nooks and crannies of the country.
WAEC’s Head of Nigerian National Office (HNO), Mr Patrick Areghan, presented the request during his visit to the Postmaster-General Dr Ismail Adewusi on Thursday.
Areghan said the examination body was also interested in exploring NIPOST logistics such as using its locked up vans to deliver WAEC documents nationwide.
He said the certificate delivery service will ease the process for those who have sat for WAEC examinations in the past and are yet to collect their certificates. The body wants such people to be able to apply for their certificates and have them delivered to their doorsteps anywhere in the country through NIPOST services.
Areghan emphasised that the collaboration will be particularly helpful in Cross River State where its office was recently burnt by hoodlums during the #endSARS protest in Calabar.
Responding, the Postmaster-General and NIPOST Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ismail Adewusi welcomed the partnership proposal. He said several opportunities are being thrown up by NIPOST which WAEC and other organizations can explore for better service delivery.
He also commended the council for its achievements and hailed Areghan for his strides since his appointment as the HNO.
Adewusi emphasized the support of NIPOST to the education of the Nigerian child.
He said: “NIPOST has a lot of abundant opportunities to leverage on for the organization to deliver on its mandate.”
He assured the council of NIPOST’s support while also requesting it to sell its examination registration PINs at all NIPOST’s offices nationwide.
To work out the partnership details, a joint six-man ad hoc committee was set up immediately.