By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
In the quest to contribute his quota in the technological advancement of his country, Dr Salihu Zubairu, a Lecturer in the Physics Department of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), has designed an 84-inches reflecting telescope for space studies.
Displaying the fabricated telescope in Yola, Zubairu told journalists that as an indigene of Michika in Adamawa, he decided to unveil his invention in his home state.
According to him, there is the need for Nigeria to join the league of international space observers by supporting such innovations.
“Space science will help Nigerians to become more knowledgeable on the environment and enable us to be able to detect impending disasters.
“It will assist us to be able to monitor our space effectively and also enhance our National security,’’ Zubairu said.
He explained that he had written a letter to the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, to solicit government support and that he has been asked to collaborate with the Centre for Basic Space Sciences, at Nsukka, Enugu State, and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NSRDA) Abuja , and also in talks with the Adamawa state government.
The lecturer, who is still awaiting feedback from relevant agencies, pointed out that government support would enable him to perfect the fabricated telescope to the required standard.
Zubairu an Ophthalmic Optician, said other fabrications by him include a sniper telescope, a moon tracker, a solar projector, binoculars and an optical microscope.