Expressing his appreciation recently at the palace of the Olu in Warri shortly after the new Board's inauguration at Asaba, Wood said he was honoured that the Itsekiri nation through the Olu found him most trusted among several qualified others to represent her in such a sensitive office. Wood, who was until his appointment a manager in Shell, promised to bring his industrial experience to bear in discharging his duties in the new office in a manner that will change the fortunes of DESOPADEC for Delta's oil producing areas and give pride to the Iteskiri nation, especially the Olu who nominated him to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
Reacting to the homage by Wood, a palace chief, Mene Brown said it was the first time an Itsekiri appointee in public office would show such humility in leaving his swearing in to return to thank the Palace and the Itsekiri nation for the confidence placed in him.The traditional council which expressed optimism that Wood's coming into DESOPADEC would bring positive change to the Itsekiri nation, offered special prayers for him to succeed in the new office.
President, Itsekiri National Youth Council, Esimaje Awani who accompanied the new DESOPADEC Executive Director (PRS) to the palace said, "We are by this development happy as a people. For the first time Itsekiri nation through our revered monarch has spoken with one voice
and chosen a generally accepted hand to represent us. It is a sign of good things to come.