“Attestation letter is a document where you and all your community people will swear that you will not do anyhow as you have been admitted”.

Many newly admitted students come to the university with a lot of attitude. In most cases, these attitude results in quarrels, fights, riots and even death and oftentimes result in disruption of academic calendar. Consequently, university management at various levels do require persons related to admitted students to vouch (attest) for the conduct of the admitted student. This means that if you engage yourself in any issue in school that tend to violate school laws, those who attested that you will not involve in any form of violence are to be called upon. In this regard, those writing your attestation letters have to be guided to attest only and not to recommend. This is because many persons end up recommending instead of attesting.

Download Example of an attestation letter

In this post, you will be guided to write a good attestation letter and to differentiate it from recommendation letter.

Difference Between Attestation and Recommendation Letter

An attestation letter only vouches for future character of admitted students. This is to say whether the student was an area mama/papa  (rascal) before now no longer matters to the university. The attester is to guide the student to ensure that all those bad habits are not brought to the university and when they do, the attester is to be held responsible. However, in a recommendation letter, the one recommending states how long he/she must have known the bearer and that his/her quality will suit the institution/organization to which he/she is being recommended for. Since we are talking of attestation here, please, guide whoever is writing for you to attest that you will behave if given the opportunity to study. Writing that he/she has known you for years now and you are of good behaviour tend look like a recommendation letter.

In any case however, if the attester must talk about your previous attitude, a statement referring to the future that you will not constitute hazard to your new school will give the letter a coloration of an attestation letter.

Who Can Write An Attestation Letter?

Various persons related to an admitted student can attest for them. Whoever you choose to use must be a trusted person in the society. This means that you can neither use a minor nor an underage person to attest for you. Although the use of a younger sibling cannot be trashed, such younger one must have attained a level of societal dealings. However, at the age of admission, a younger sibling cannot be recommended to attest for an admitted student. The following therefore, is a list of persons who can attest for an admitted student:

  1. Father
  2. Mother
  3. Elder/aged siblings
  4. Uncles
  5. Aunties
  6. Landlords
  7. Street chairman
  8. Community heads
  9. Kings
  10. Ovie
  11. Oba
  12. Amananowei
  13. Lawyer
  14. Pastor
  15. Corporate bodies
  16. Academic guardian
  17. Teachers
  18. Headmasters
  19. Principals, etc.

The list can go on and on. However, what is more important is that the person must be an aged person and trusted/dependable in society.

Components of an Attestation Letter

An attestation letter is a formal letter and have same component as a normal formal letter. Below are some of the components you must note:

  1. The attester’s address
  2. The Registrar’s Address (or the recipient’s address)
  3. The title of the recipient (i.e. Sir/Ma)
  4. The title of the letter (i.e. Letter of Attestation or Attestation Letter)
  5. Main body
  6. Salutation
  7. Conclusion

All these parts are very important in writing an attestation letter.

Sample/Example of an Attestation Letter

The following is an example of an attestation letter addressed to the Registrar of the Niger Delta University as contained/instructed in the admission information released to admitted students in the 2018/2019 academic session:

Example I:

 

No. 50 NDU Road,
Wilberforce Island,
Southern Ijaw LGA.,
Bayelsa State.
12th October, 2019.

The Registrar,
Niger Delta University,
Wilberforce Island,
Bayelsa State.

Madam, (Note: The NDU incumbent registrar is a lady)

LETTER OF ATTESTATION

I, Embeleakpor Akpolagha, a native of Gokana in Ebemili North/West LGA of Delta State do hereby attest as follows:

  • That the bearer (Name of Admitted student) is my daughter/son/godson/school son/daughter, etc.
  • That his/her NDU admission number is ————-.
  • That he/she was granted admission to study (Insert Course of Study Here) in your institution.
  • That throughout her stay in the institution, she will not be involved in any form of disruptive activities, but rather, abide fully by the rules and regulations of your school.
  • That this information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • That this information was given in good faith, clear conscience, healthy mind and soul; that I should be held responsible in the event of any misinformation herein.

 

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

……………………….
Embeleakpor Akpolagha
(Father, Academic Guardian, etc.)
08180798832

 

Example II:

No. 50 NDU Road,
Wilberforce Island,
Southern Ijaw LGA.,
Bayelsa State.
12th October, 2019.

The Registrar,
Niger Delta University,
Wilberforce Island,
Bayelsa State.

Madam,

LETTER OF ATTESTATION

I, Mr. Embeleakpor Akpolagha, a native of Gokana in Ebemili North/West LGA of Delta State do hereby attest that the bearer Genesis Exodus is a well behaved son/daughter who will comport himself/herself in all ramifications if given the opportunity to study in your school.

Please, accord her all due rights and privileges.

 

Thank you

Mr. Embeleakpor Akpolagha
(Academic Guardian)
08180798832

 

Example III: For Corporate Body/Letter Headed

Admissions and UTME Nigeria
Step in the right vocation…

Besides RCF Entrance, Gloryland Campus Main Gate,
Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State
admissionsandutme@gmail.com
www.admissionsandutme.com
+2348060699054, +2348050706635

The Registrar,
Niger Delta University,
Wilberforce Island,
Bayelsa State.

Madam,

LETTER OF ATTESTATION:
(Umoro Ubiaka)

With reference to the matter overleaf, I therefore attest that the bearer Umoro Ubiaka who was our staff until his admission will be obedient and law abiding throughout his/her stay in your institution. He will not be involved in any form of disruptive activities in your school. I therefore appeal you accord him/her all due privileges.

Please, accept my attestation

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Embeleakpor Akpolagha
Manager
08180798832

 

Note: You cannot use the phrase “to whom it may concern” because there is a recipient. Do not use the word recommend in any sentence. In the 2016/2017 post Engine boys riots, students were asked to bring a letter of good conduct. Instead, some brought letter of recommendation. These crops of letters were rejected. Even though we have not seen any case of rejection of attestation letters during clearance, it is always wise to do the right thing.

Special Note: Attestation letters can be written in different forms using different sentences. Please, only use the ones here as a guide. Also, if you already have learned relations, no need to use the samples here again since it is believed they will know what to do.

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