The news about the election of Professor Adesina Simon Sodiya as the new President of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) was first reported by TechEconomy.ng on Thursday.
He is a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
He takes over from Professor Adesola Aderounmu who has led the Society since 2015.
Prof. Sodiya who served as the immediate past president, Information Technology Systems and Security Professionals ITSSP, an IT Security pressure group under NCS, was elected at the Society’s 14th International Conference held at the International Hotel, Gombe State.
Institutions attended and qualifications:
Sodiya Adesina Simon was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, in 1969. He graduated with B.Sc (Hons) in Computer Science/Statistic from Ogun state University now Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-iwoye (OOU) in 1992.
He also completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in the same university in 1997. He completed his M.Sc in Computer Science at University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1999.
He later obtained his Ph.D in Computer Science at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, in 2004.
He became a fellow of United Nation University (UNU) in conjunction with International Institute of Software Technology (IIST). This allowed him to have 4-month study and research fellowship at University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
He started his work experience as the System Analyst/ Programmer at Microboss International Limited, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos State from December 1993 to January 1995.
In December 1995, Sodiya returned to Abeokuta, Nigeria and continued his career as the Senior System Analyst at the Bursary Department in the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State. In September 2001, he became an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
In May 2004, he became Lecturer II in the Department of Computer Science, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He rose and became a Senior Lecturer October 2008 in the same department.
Prof. Sodiya’s footprints in NCS
He served as the Chairman of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Ogun State Chapter from 2008 to 2013.
In July 2011, he became an executive member of NCS, where he served as the Chairman, Publications, Standards, Research and Development Committee. Position he held till 2013.
Other positions he held in NCS: Before now, he was president of ITSSP; Chairman, Education and Manpower Development Committee – NCS (2013-2015).
CPN role: He is also a member of Computer Professional (Registration council) of Nigeria (CPN) and International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE).
Prof. Sodiya once served as Vice-President and Vice-Chairman of Council – Computer Professionals (registration Council) of Nigeria (CPN 2015-2017).
Some of the recent prizes won by Dr. Sodiya are 2010 IGI Global’s fourth annual excellence in Research Journal Award for Best Article and 2011 TWAS-AAS-MICROSFT Award for outstanding Computer Science researcher living and working in Africa.
Focus as NCS President
- To promote members’ interest
- Lead inclusive development of IT profession
- Repositioning NCS in the global rating and
- To lead youth development driven leadership.
Prof. Sodiya has the experience, pedigree and expertise require for the apex job at the Nigerian Computer Society, however, the members and the public are apparently waiting for him to expatiate on the campaign promises crystalized on “to refoot and give NCS a new direction.