Maiduguri - The National Union of Borno State Students (NUBOSS), on Monday appealed to the state government to pay the outstanding 2013 scholarship allowance to its members.
NUBOSS National President, Comrade Isa Mohammed, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.
Mohammed pointed out that the gesture would help in alleviating the suffering of the students, especially those whose parents were poor.
"We wish to commend the state government for paying students the arrears for 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 session.
"We are also appealing for the payment for the 2012/2013 session, to alleviate the suffering of our students in tertiary institutions nationwide," he said.
Mohammed admitted that although the state scholarships board had indicated its readiness to ensure the payment, bureaucratic bottleneck might frustrate the plan.
"We commend the scholarships board for initiating some processes toward the payment, but we feel that the processes might not materialise before the end of the year.
"We are therefore calling on the board, to hasten the processes so that students are paid before the year runs out", he pleaded.
Mohammed also appealed to the state government to consider increasing the allowance.
"I wish to express our gratitude to the state governor for raising the scholarship allowance paid to students.
"I also wish to appeal that the amount be increased further, to boost the morale of our students, especially those studying in tertiary institutions outside the state''. he said