Wife of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has encouraged retirees in the healthcare profession to form groups for stronger partnership with the government to improve healthcare delivery.

Mrs. Sanwo-Olu, who is a medical practitioner, noted that improved healthcare would be one of the major programmes her husband would implement if elected.

She said: “We are encouraging retirees with decades of experience in healthcare management to form a group to enable the government tap from their wealth of experience.”

She spoke while receiving various women support groups at the Babajide Sanwo-Olu Campaign Office in Ikoyi.

Mrs. Sanwo-Olu, who was joined by the wife of her husband’s running mate, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat, appreciated the women for engaging in door-to-door campaign on behalf of their husbands, while re-assuring them that the support would be reciprocated with good governance.

She said: “Poverty at the grassroots is one of the things Sanwo-Olu is coming to tackle. The one that concerns women the most is the issue of healthcare.

“While the healthcare delivery has improved, there are still challenges to be addressed.

Mrs. Sanwo-Olu revealed her husband always became emotional for the “overwhelming support” he enjoyed from various groups across the divides, saying the support would not be taken for granted.

Association of Female Entertainment Practitioners of Nigeria, led by Mrs. Wunmi Obe, said Sanwo-Olu’s zeal to address challenges facing the entertainment industry led to his endorsement by the group.

Supervisors of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) said they were convinced Sanwo-Olu’s programmes were designed to tackle poverty at the grassroots.

A WAPA supervisor, Mrs. Pat Tekoboh, said the group was ready to mobilise voters for the election of the APC candidate at the polls. She, however, urged Sanwo-Olu to appoint women in key areas if elected.

Other groups that visited the campaign office included Retired Nurse Administrators Healthcare Initiative, Body of Female Councillors, Women Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN), Lagos State Hospitals Management Board Senior Staff Cooperative Multipurpose Society Ltd (LASCOMED), Network Men and Women Group, Sanwo-Olu Babes in Surulere, and Body of Female Councillors.