ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TOLON DISTRICT ASSEMBLY
The Tolon District Assembly was established by L.I. 1457 of 1988 and comprises 6l members, of which 42 are elected, 19 appointed, the District Chief Executive and the two (2) Members of Parliament who are non-voting members of the Assembly.
The District Assembly consist of the following members:
- The Hon. District Chief Executive
- One person from each electoral area of the District, elected by universal adult suffrage in accordance with existing regulations.
- The two Members of Parliament for Tolon and Kumbungu Constituencies respectively.
- Government Appointed members to the Assembly not exceeding 30 percent of the total membership of the Assembly.
The Assembly has a Presiding Member who chairs meetings of the General Assembly with the District Co-ordinating Director as the Secretary.
The Tolon District Assembly is one of 61 members, comprising 42 elected and 19 government appointees with the District Co-ordinating Director serving as secretary to the Assembly. There are two (2) Members of Parliament from Tolon and Kumbungu constituencies respectively. They are automatic members of the Assembly with no voting rights.
All Heads of Decentralized Departments/Agencies are Ex-officio members of the Assembly.
The Tolon District Assembly is one of the districts in the Northern Region established in 1988. It was created out of the erstwhile Western Dagomba District Council with its headquarters in Tamale. The District has To1on as its capital. The District shares boundaries to the North with West Mampursi. West Gonja to the West and Central Gonja to the South. whilst Tamale Metropolitan and Savelugu/Nanton District share the Eastern boundaries with it. It covers a total landmass of 2,741 km2 forming, about 3.9% of the entire area of the Northern Region.
The District has a population of 132,833 (2000 population and Housing Census) with a growth rate of 3%. This consist, of 67.494 males and 67,590 females. About 45% of the population is within the ages of 14 and 30 which indicate that the population is largely youthful. The district is made up of 237 settlements most of which are farming communities with a population below 5000. Using a population of 5000 as the threshold for Urban-Rural dichotomy, the district has about three (3) Urban Centres. These include Tolon Nyankpala and Kumbungu.
It therefore, implies that a greater percentage of the population lives in the rural areas. The population density varies from place to place within the District with the northern part i.e. across the White Volta sparsely populated. The southern part is however densely populated around major towns or settlements like Kumbungu, Tolon, Nyankpala Lungbunga, Dalun and Kpendua.
The relatively moderate growth rate creates a strong potential for development since there will be calls for gender consideration in the formulation of development policies in the District especially those that affect women and children.
The District is drained by a number of river, and streams. The most prominent being the White Volta. which almost divides the District into two equal halves. Among the major tributaries of the White Volta are Kulabong, Koraba, Salo, Bawa Winibo to mention just a few. Most of these tributaries dry up during the dry season. There exist 48 smaller dams and dug¬outs (26 dams- 14 dugout) in some communities in the District.
The vegetation cover is basically Guinea Savanna interspersed with short drought resistant trees and grassland. The land is generally undulating with a number of scattered depressions. The soils are generally of the sandy loam type except in the low lands where alluvial deposits are found. Major trees species include the sheanut, dawadaw, mango, which are economic trees and form an integral part of livelihood of its people.
The population density varies from place to place within the District with the northern part i.e. across the White Volta sparsely populated. The Southern part is however densely populated around major towns or settlements like Kumbungu, Tolon, Nyankpala, Lungbunga, Dalun and Kpendua. The relatively moderate growth rate creates a strong potential for development since there will be calls for gender consideration in the formulation of development policies in the District especially those that affect women and children.