Tamale Metropolitan Assembly
The Tamale Metropolitan Assembly was established by legislative instrument (L.I. 2068). At present, it is one of the six Metropolitan Assemblies in the country and the only Metropolis in the three Northern regions of Ghana namely: the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions.The Tamale Metropolitan Assembly is the local government authority for Tamale city.
The vision of the Assembly is a balanced, equitable and environmentally friendly metropolis with improved and sustained social, economic, cultural and political development.
The Metropolitan Assembly exist “to enhance the quality of life of the people of the Metropolis through good governance and mobilizing human, material and financial resources to provide quality socio-economic services especially in education, food security, water and sanitation and health and nutrition”.
Service delivery, Transparency, Accountability, People-centered, Integrity, Honesty, Equity, Timeliness, Discipline, Innovativeness, Creativity, Diligence, Commitment, Cooperative, Collaborative
The General Assembly of the Metropolis stands at a total of 62 members. Out of this number, 41 are elected, 18 appointed, 2 Members of Parliament and the Metropolitan Chief Executive. For effective implementation of policies in the Assembly, the General Assembly has the following Sub-Committees; the Development Planning Sub-Committee, Works Sub-Committee, Social Services Sub-Committee, Revenue Sub-Committee, Education Sub-Committee, Environment and Sanitation Sub-Committee, Finance and Administration Sub-Committee. Security matters are being handled by the Metropolitan Security Committee (METSEC)
Apart from the main Assembly, there are two sub-district councils; that is Tamale South and Central Sub district councils popularly called Sub-Metros that work to achieve development at the grassroots level. The main assignment of the Sub-Metro structures is to facilitate participatory decision making, community participation in project planning and implementation. They are also expected to design pragmatic ways of generating revenue for the Sub-Metro and the Assembly in general.
Until recently, these sub-structures were not fully operational. The effective operationalization of the Sub-structures (sub-metros) started during the 1st quarter of 2010. The Sub-Metros have their offices at the following locations in the Metropolis: Tamale Central Sub-Metro is at Kaladan, off Aboabo-Nyohini road, Tamale South Sub-Metro is at Banvim off Lamashegu-Vittin ring road.
There are eminent traditional chiefs and sub-chiefs who are also working hard in the area of promoting peace, stability and development. Also supporting local development efforts at that level are the Assembly members, NGOs, Women groups and other identifiable groups.
DECENTRALIZED DEPARTMENTS OF THE ASSEMBLY
Education, Youth and Sports
Trade and Industry
Disaster Prevention and Management
Social Welfare and Community Development
Natural Resources Conservation, Forestry and Wildlife
Budgeting and Rating