According to New York Times reports, State Department of the United State, is financing a new 24-hour satellite TV Channel in the north to counter insurgencies by Islamist militant group Boko Haram
The new television channel to be called Arewa24 which means “north” in Hausa language. It is financed by the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, which cost $6million.
An official for the United States confirmed the project but did not reveal further details, according to the official, “support Nigerian efforts to provide an attractive alternative to the messaging of violent extremists.”
Equal Access International, a San Francisco-based government contractor will run the project. The establishment has managed programs by the department in Yemen, and Pakistan.The New York Times states the project however faces several challenges in a region with low levels of infrastructures, public service, literacy, and security. Access to electricity is limited and a few people own television sets. The project will also provide training to journalists in the north.
United State to Spend $6 Million on Anti-Militant Channel in Nigeria
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