US gov, deputy laud Nigerian Rotary scholar, Ayinla – The Sun Nigeria

By Johnson Adebowale

Parson and Ayinla at a meeting held in the Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City, United States


The Governor of the State of Missouri, United States, Mike Parson, has commended a Nigerian, Mr. Muritala Ayinla, of the University of Central Missouri, for winning the prestigious Duane R. Sterling Rotary International Scholar award, saying that the United States creates an enabling environment for growth and actualization of dreams.

Speaking at a meeting with the Rotary scholar held at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, Parson welcomed Ayinla to the seat of the Missouri General Assembly and the executive branch of government of the State of Missouri and congratulated him for being a good ambassador of the University of Central Missouri and Nigeria.

“You are welcome to the United States and the Missouri Capitol. Congratulations on being a Rotary scholar! The US serves as a land of hope for many. I will like you to meet Vivek Malek, the state treasurer. Vivek came into the United States with just $300, he is today the state’s chief financial officer. So, you will be great in the United States,” Parson said.

Parson, who also described the executive director for governmental relations at the University of Central Missouri, David Pearce, as a great man and an outstanding former lawmaker in the state, said the state would always appreciate his contributions in the legislative arm of government.

While hosting Ayinla in his office, the Missouri State Lieutenant-Governor, Mike Kehoe, congratulated Ayinla for winning the prestigious Duane Sterling Scholarship, saying that it gladdens his heart to see organizations making positive impacts on the lives of the people.

“You have given me hope too; we are glad to have you in Capitol. I will give you a challenge coin as a symbol of support and encouragement. Go and become a great guy. It was a pleasure to have you at the Capitol; I am delighted to have you in my office,” Kehoe said.

Ayinla, a former Nigerian journalist, who is pursuing a post-graduate degree in technology management at the University of Central Missouri, emerged as the recipient of the much-coveted Duane Sterling Rotary Scholarship for the 2023–2024 academic session. The scholarship, which is sponsored by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in conjunction with the University of Central Missouri Foundation, is designed to increase the number of trained professionals who, through education, will be prepared to devise, plan and implement strategies and solutions to identified issues in developing and emerging countries.

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