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By Celestine Okafor (Editor-in-chief)

The President of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Prof. Simon Adesina Sodiya, would on June 8, chair the 2023 Nigeria DigitalSENSE Africa forum series on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D), holding at the prestigious Welcome Centre Hotel, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, Lagos.

The Lead Consulting Strategist, DigitalSENSE Africa and Group Executive Editor, ITREALMS Media group, Mr. Remmy Nweke, confirmed that Sodiya, a professor of Computer Science and Information Security at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun state, is a seasoned professional to chair the 14th edition of Nigeria DigitalSENSE Africa forum (NDSF) series on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D).

The 2023 NDSF, Nweke said, would be anchored on the theme "5G: Data Governance, Safety and Security" with a line-up of experts to explore the benefits with teeming participants, with a grand support by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), among others.

NDSF series on IG4D, he noted, is organised by DigitalSENSE Africa, an At-Large Structure (ALS) certified by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and a hosted by ITREALMS Media group; in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) together with top industry stakeholders like the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), among others, as part of efforts for shaping the future of the Internet.

Nweke recalled that Prof. Sodiya who holds a PhD in Computer Science in 2004 with a focus on Cybersecurity and Digital Forensic, has taught courses in many areas of computing and cybersecurity at the undergraduate and the postgraduate levels.

Sodiya, a pioneer researcher in the field of Information Security in Nigeria, has over 25 years’ experience in conducting high impact research in cyber security, attack/intrusion detection, authentication systems, cryptography, systems’ security, privacy protection, and security of distributed systems.

Nweke revealed that Sodiya has supervised over six Ph.D. and 20 Masters students degree in different areas of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and computer science.

Currently, Sodiya serves as a Postgraduate External Examiner/Assessor in about five universities both locally and internationally, with over 80 scholarly articles in local and international journals, as well as having presented papers at both local and international conferences, resulting in about thirty papers in referred conference proceedings, to name a few.

In 2010, Sodiya won the TWAS-AAS-MICROSFT Award for outstanding Computer Science researcher, living and working in Africa. He has also won several leadership, excellence in research and professional awards.

Prof Sodiya, a fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society and who has served as Vice-President/Vice Chairman of Computer Professional (Registration council) of Nigeria – CPN between 2015 and 2017, is currently the immediate past President of the Information Technology Systems and Security Professionals (ITSSP).

He is a proud member of International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). Apart from representing Nigeria in International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), he is also a member of two technical committees of IFIP – ICT and Education TC-3 and Security and Privacy Protection in Information Processing Systems (TC-11).

He is a member of the Global Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace. Just as he has served on various Presidential Committees including the e-Government and Digital Economy. He also chairs the Board of Diplomats of the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Investigators of Nigeria, among others. NNL.

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