The Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TaMA) was elevated to the status of Metropolis in 2004. The Metropolis is one of the six Metropolitan Assemblies in the country and the only Metropolis in the three Northern Regions of Ghana namely; Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions. The capital of the Metropolis is the capital of the Northern Region and the seat of the Northern Regional Minister. It lies between latitude 9.16° and 9.34° North and longitudes 00.36°and 00.57.Tamale Metropolitan Assembly is located approximately 180 metres above sea level. The topography is generally rolling with some shallow valleys which serve as stream courses. There are also some isolated hills but these do not inhibit physical development.
The Tamale Metropolis is one of the 26 districts in the Northern Region. The Metropolis is located in the central part of the Northern Region and shares boundaries with five other districts namely the Savelugu- Nanton to the North, Yendi Municipal Assembly to the East, Tolon-Kumbungu to the West, Central Gonja to the South West and East Ganja to the South.
Mr Abdul Rahman Hannan Gundandoo, Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) has appealed to Assembly members to intensify revenue mobilization efforts to address the myriad of challenges facing the Assembly.
A three-million dollar initiative, Result Based Financing for Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene project seeking to improve WASH coverage in four districts of the Northern Region, has been launched in Banvim in Tamale.
President John Dramani Mahama on Saturday announced that he would soon organize a meeting with all Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives, and parliamentary candidates who lost their seats in the December 2012 elections to deliberate on the way forward.