BAYELSA State Government has intensified protest against its exclusion from the recent appointment of ambassadors, saying it does not augur well for the economy. Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Chief David Serena-Dokubo Spiff, made the observation at the ongoing 56th Bar Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital. The panel of discussion was headed by a former NBA President, Chief Olisa Agbakogba, SAN, Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Chinwe Aguma, SAN, Yunus Ustaz Usman, SAN, and Mrs Sally Mbanefo. The SSG stated that the appointment of ambassadors “without a single candidate from Bayelsa State, despite contributing over 30 percent of oil and 40 percent of gas revenues to the economy is the height of injustice. Such non- inclusiveness does not augur well for the Nigerian economy when there is an urgent need to calm frayed nerves in the Niger- Delta, stressing that if the region is fixed, then we would have fixed the Nigerian economy. Where do we begin? Let us begin from the beginning. We cannot set the economy right.” He insisted that in the absence of justice, equity and fairness in the Niger-Delta, mere palliatives would not solve Nigeria’s economic problems. He said the region has contributed immensely to the sustenance and development of Nigeria, adding that “as such, it is very committed to One Nigeria. But justice, equity and fairness should be the conditions precedent in the doctrine of One Nigeria.”