TAMALE METROPOLITAN ASSEMBLY
Suhudou Ni Lebigimsim (Peace & Development)

Function

The Tamale Metropolitan Assembly shall perform the following functions: 1. Promote and safeguard public health and for this purpose the Ministry of Health shall assign Medical Officers of health, health inspectors and other staff as appropriate except semi-skilled and unskilled labourers to the Assembly for the proper discharge of this duty. 2. Ensure the Metropolis is inspected regularly for the detection of nuisances or any condition likely to be offensive or injurious to health. 3. Take proper steps to secure the abatement of the nuisance or the removal of the condition if it exists. 4. Ensure the provision of adequate and wholesome supply of water throughout the entire Metropolis in consultation with the Ghana Water Company. 5. Establish, install, build, maintain and control public latrines, lavatories, urinals and wash places. 6. Construct and maintain sewerages. 7. Establish, maintain and carry out services for the removal of night soil from any building and for the destruction and treatment of such night soil. 8. Establish, maintain and carry out services for the removal and destruction of all refuse, filth and carcasses of dead animals from any public or private place. 9. Regulate any trade or business which may be noxiousor injurious to public health or a source of danger to the public or which otherwise is in the public interest to regulate. 10. Provide for the inspection of all meat, fish, vegetables and all other foodstuffs and liquid of whatever kind or nature intended for human consumption whether exposed for sale or not; and to seize, destroy and otherwise deal with all such foodstuffs or liquid as are unfit for human consumption and to supervise and control the manufacture of foodstuffs and liquids of whatever kind or nature intended for human consumption. 11. Provide, maintain, supervise and control slaughter houses and pounds and all such matters and things as may be necessary for the convenient use of such slaughter houses. 12. Prevent and deal with the outbreak or the prevalence of any disease. 13. Prevent the spread of and exterminate tsetse-fly, mosquitoes, rats, bugs and other vermin. 14. Prohibit or regulate the making of burrow-pits or excavations. 15. Establish and maintain cemeteries. 16. Provide crematoriawhere in the opinion of the Assembly, it is expedient to do so. 17. Regulate or prohibit the sinking of wells and provide for the closing of wells. 18. Establish, maintain and control pounds, seize and impound any stray animal and provide for the payment of compensation for damage done by such animal. 19. Provide that the owner or occupier of any land or tenants maintain, clear and keep free from vegetation, the roads, streets or paths adjoining his land or tenements. 20. Provide for the control, destruction and licensing of dogs. 21. Provide for the control, regulation, inspection, supervision and licensing of— i. Social halls, dance halls and places of entertainment; ii. Lodging and eating houses iii. Any premises or land in or upon which any profession, occupation, trade or business is carried on; iv. Such occupations as the minister may specify in an instrument from time to time. 22. Establish and operate clinics and dressing stations in consultation with the Ministry of Health. 23. Construct, repair, maintain and keep clean all streets. 24. Divert or alter where necessary the course of any street. 25. Provide or arrange for electric lightening in streets and other public places and where necessary to provide and maintain electrical supply in consultation with the Electricity corporation of Ghana. 26. Construct, repair and maintain all public roads other than trunk roads but including feeder roads and to undertake road rehabilitation programmes within the Metropolis. 27. Prescribe the condition subject to which the erection and construction, demolition, re-erection and re-construction, conversion and re-conversion, alteration, repair, sanitation and ventilation of public and private buildings and structures may be undertaken and carried out. 28. Provide for building lines and the layout of buildings, to prepare and undertake and otherwise control schemes for improved housing layout and settlement. 29. Prescribe the conditions to be satisfied on a site for any building or for any class of building. 30. Prohibit the construction of any new building unless and until the plans thereof have been submitted to and approved by the Assembly. 31. Provide for demolition of dangerous buildings and for the recovery of any expenses incurred in connection therewith. 32. Maintain, as agents of central government, all public buildings, including prestige buildings put up by the Central Government and previously maintained by the Public Works Department. 33. Maintain as agents of the Ghana Highway Authority, trunk roads lying within the boundaries of the area of authority of the Assembly. 34. Take steps to ensure the effective maintenance of all Government properties within its area of authority. 35. Prohibit or regulate the use in any defined area of any inflammable material in the construction or repair of any building. 36. Control and regulate the siting of advertisements and hoarding or other structures designed for the displays of advertisements. 37. Build, equip, open, close and maintain markets, prohibit the erection of stalls in places other than the markets and prevent the sale and purchase of goods or stock near established markets or elsewhere. 38. Fix days and hours during each day on which a market may be held and prevent the sale and purchase of goods in markets on any day or at any hour except those fixed. 39. Regulate and control markets including the fixing of and collection of stallages, rents and tolls. 40. (1) Require the owner of any premises to do any of the following acts: • remove, lower or trim to the satisfaction of the Assembly any tree, shrub or hedge overhanging or interfering in any way with the traffic in anystreet or with any wires or works thereof; • remove any dilapidated fence or structure abutting on any public place; • paint, distemper, white-wash or color-wash the outside walls or roof of any building forming part of the premises; • tidy the premises; and • move any derelict car or other vehicles (2) In the event of the owner failing to comply with a notice from any Assembly requiring him to perform any of the acts specified in sub-paragraphs i-v of paragraph (1) the Assembly shall be at liberty to undertake the work and charge the owner with the cost thereof. 41. Build, equip and maintain all public primary, middle and special schools as are in the opinion of the Minister responsible for Local Government, required in its area. 42. Advise the Minister for Education on all matters relating to primary and middle schools and such other matters as may be referred to it by the Minister for Education. 43. Be responsible for— • Posting and transfers within its area of authority of teachers including pupil teachers; • Keeping records of teachers; • Discipline of teachers in accordance with the disciplinary code laid down by the Ghana Education Service; • Appointment of school welfare officers; • Recommending teachers for study leave; • Appointment of head teachers in accordance with rules laid down by the Ghana Education Service; • Supervision of primary and middle schools; • Formation of education committees; • Collection of statistical data and other information; • In-service training for pupil teachers; • Nursery school education; • Approval for the opening of private primary and middle schools; • Payment pf teachers’ salaries from funds made available by government; • Indenting for the supply and distribution of textbooks; • Disbursement of Education Grants. 44. Provide for the control and regulation of— • Concerts, musical entertainment to which admission is to be obtained on payments of moneys or of any reward except where the whole proceeds are being devoted to charity; • Horse-racing meetings. 45. Grant and maintain scholarships or bursaries to suitable persons to attend any school or other educational institution in Ghana or elsewhere. 46. Provide for the establishment and maintenance of facilities for arts and crafts, for recreation and sports. 47. Establish, maintain, control and contribute to bands for musical performances in public places and at functions arranged by the Assembly; and generally to provide musical entertainment in such places and at such functions 48. Arrange for the provision of public libraries in consultation with the Ghana Library Board. 49. With the prior approval of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, to control the disposal of any African antique work of art. 50. Organise the community development programmes to improve and enrich rural life through running literacy and adult education classes, organizing voluntary contributions and communal labour for the provision of such facilities and services as water supplies, roads, school buildings, community centers and public places of conveniences; and teaching village women and the management of home and care of children. 51. Take such measures as would promote the well-being of under-privileged children and the stability of the distressed family. 52. Organise and maintain child-care centers and ensure the proper running and management of such centers. 53. Establish, run and manage children’s homes and offer parental care for the deprived, namely, orphans and those that are neglected or abandoned. 54. Render relief services during natural disasters, e.g..floods, fire, earthquakes, accidents in the form of supply of material. 55. Be responsible for the improvement of agriculture including extension services and allotments for agricultural purposes. 56. Control methods of husbandry. 57. Allocate land in the ownership of the Assembly for farming purposes and regulate the systems of farming of such land. 58. Provide services for the improvement of livestock. 59. Prevent and control animal diseases. 60. Prohibit, restrict or regulate the hunting, capture, killing or sale of animals or birds or any specified kind of animal or bird. 61. Provide and maintain public parks and gardens. 62. Provide for measures for soil and water conservation. 63. Provide for the fencing of land and for the maintenance and repair of such fences. 64. Take every step to encourage persons to plant specified crops for the maintenance of themselves and their families. 65. Plant trees in any street and erect tree-guards to protect the same: provided that the streets shall not be unduly obstructed thereby. 66. Regulate or prohibit the planting, cutting, tapping or destruction of any tree or vegetation growing along the street, road or path or in any public place. 67. Establish and manage, on commercial basis, rural and small-scale industries and farms. 68. Promote tourism in the Metropolis in co-operation with the Regional Development Board. 69. Subject to the control and direction of the Registrar of Births and Deaths to register all births and deaths occurring within the Metropolis. 70. Appoint in consultation with the Registrar of Births and Deaths such registration staff as may be necessary for the proper discharge of births and deaths registration duties. 71. Make such financial contribution as the Assembly considered necessary for the maintenance of any traditional authority which possesses any functions which relate to any part of its area. 72. Establish and maintain tree nurseries and forest plantation and sell the produce thereof. 73. Compile and maintain a record of all tenant farmers and the rents and tributes which should be paid by them. 74. Prohibit or restrict the driving or use of vehicles generally or any specified class on any specified road or specified direction on any specified road. 75. Regulate the use and conduct of public vehicles, regulate routes and parking places t be used by such vehicles to appropriate particular routes, roads, streets and parking places to specified classes of traffic and when necessary provide the identification of licensed vehicles as defined in the Motor Traffic Ordinance. 76. License any vehicle used for taxi, bicycle, motor bicycle and prescribe the fees to be paid in respect of any such bicycles or vehicle. 77. Establish, acquire and maintain transport services by land or water including ferries. 78. Establish, maintain and control parks for motor and other vehicles. 79. Establish and maintain in consultation with the Posts and Telecommunications Corporation, Postal Agencies where necessary. 80. Lay down rules and regulations in respect of private and public property to ensure adequate fire protection. 81. Prevent and control fire outbreaks including bush fires. 82. Promote the development of all sports within the area of authority of the Assembly. 83. Organise sports activities within the area of authority and to provide such facilities as may be assigned by the national body responsible for sports. 84. Perform as agents of the national body responsible for sports in maintaining such sports facilities as may be assigned to the national body. 85. Advise to the exclusion of all others on all matters of sports relating to its area of authority. 86. Prohibit, restrict, regulate and license the manufacture, distillation, sale, transportation, distribution, supply, possession and consumption of aketeshie, palm-wine, and all kinds of description of fermented liquor usually made by citizens of Ghana or adjacent countries. 87. License petrol service and filling stations within the metropolis. 88. Provide information centers, where necessary, in consultation with the Ministry of Information. CORE VALUES 1. Service delivery 2. Transparency 3. Accountability 4. People-centered 5. Integrity 6. Honesty 7. Equity 8. Timeliness 9. Discipline 10. Innovativeness 11. Creativity 12. Diligence 13. Commitment 14. Cooperative 15. Collaborative

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