The US Will Fund a Nigerian TV Channel to Combat Boko Haram

The station is expected to cost $6 million.

Posted: 06/10/2014 10:26 AM EDT

A 24-hour television channel in Northern Nigeria used to combat Boko Haram and other militant group uprisings will receive funding from the United States, according to a New York Times report published on Friday.

Since 2012, the U.S. and Nigeria have discussed ways to combat Boko Haram, resulting in the establishment of this TV station.

A U.S. official, who confirmed the plan, said the purpose of the funding is to “support Nigerian efforts to provide an attractive alternative to the messaging of violent extremists."

The TV channel hasn't started broadcasting, but is expected to cost around $6 million, according to the New York Times.

Hindering its completion are issues including the limited access to televisions and a lack of widespread electricity in the homes of residents.

This isn’t the first time the United States has given non-military aid to the region since the abduction of nearly 300 Nigerian school girls. The U.S. has also worked with Lagos in surveillance and communications over the past few months.

Equal Access International, a government contractor in California with experience in global media projects, is running the project and will also provide training to journalists in Nigeria.

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