Payette, Canadian Governor-General arrives Lagos

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The Governor-General of Canada, Julie Payette, arrived Lagos Tuesday morning to inaugurate the Lagos State Biosecurity Laboratory located at the Mainland Hospital in Yaba.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Payette and her entourage landed at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos at 8.47 a.m amid tight security.

She was received by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode,  Canadian Consular officials as well as security chiefs.

The governor-general is scheduled to inaugurate the Lagos State Biosecurity laboratory, located at the Mainland Hospital in Yaba, where the isolation unit used by the state government to contain the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak was located.

The Laboratory, funded by Canada in partnership with the state government, would serve as a single repository for all high-concentration pathogens in the state.

It would also help the state mitigate post-EVD threats and build capacity for prevention, detection and response to future outbreaks in Nigeria and West Africa.

She is also scheduled to interact with students taking part in CodeLagos programme at Dahunsi Memorial Senior High School, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

NAN reports that CodeLagos programme is an initiative of the Lagos State Government aimed at educating one million residents by teaching them how to write codes and creatively solve problems.

NAN reports that Payette, on Monday arrived in Abuja, where she was received by President Muhammadu Buhari.

She also delivered a lecture at the National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja. (NAN)


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