Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu has condemned the bill seeking to switch Minimum Wage from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent List.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has scheduled next Wednesday for a national protest against the bill.
The bill already passed the first reading at the National Assembly.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Benin, Shaibu advised the sponsor of the bill to step it down.
He advised lawmakers to move motions and sponsor bills that will support programmes on lasting solutions to the problems of insecurity in Nigeria.
“Let us all discuss the issue of insecurity and make our cities, communities and country secure”, Shaibu said.
The deputy governor also urged legislators to focus on issues that would unite the people, not the ones that would further divide them.
He opined now is not the time to bring up issues contained in the bill, noting that economy and security are matters of urgent importance.
“The economy of this country needs to work. The legislative and the executive arms need to actually come together to fashion a way forward, to deal with the issue of insecurity.
“When you seek first all the indices that make an economy work, then prosperity will be the order of the day and all other smaller issues will be dealt with,” he added.
Shaibu warned that poverty would reign supreme as long as the economy of a nation was in shambles.