The Tolon District Assembly comprises 42 elected members and 1 appointed totaling 61 members, the District Chief Executive and two members of parliament are also members but have no voting right.it has an executive commitee. Sub-Committees namely.The District has 21 Member Executive Committee which is responsible for the performance of Executive and administrative functions namely, Public Relation and complaints, Environment,
Justice, Security and Children Affairs.
There is a District Co-ordinating Director who is the secretary to the assembly and the head of the bureaucracy with Decentralized departments: Central Administration, Finance, Education, Agriculture, Social Welfare, Community Development, Works, Co-operatives, Health National Disaster Management Organization etc. However most of these departments lack the requisite officers, office and residential accommodation. The co-ordination between departments and developmental planning needs to be improved with much community participation. The District has two (2) Town Councils and Ten (10) Area Councils. There are 45 Unit Committees and two (2) Parliamentary Constituencies.
The Tolon District has a lot of opportunities awaiting- private investment, joint venture ship and the public sector. In the agricultural sector, studies have indicated that along the banks of the White Volta, irrigation farming is feasible and can take place throughout the year. In the two big dams at Bontanga and Golinga a sizeable number of the citizenry are engaged in the cultivation of different crops ranging from Vegetables to cereals.
Available records show that the Tolon District has a comparative advantage over the other districts in the northern region due to its numerous potential. The District Assembly really encourages this dry season farming through its youth employment programme. It is worth noting that vegetables produced from these two (2) dams keep Tamale flooded with vegetables throughout the year.ihe district is also noted for the production of industrial crops like cotton. The District is endowed with vast of pasture suitable for livestock production.
The District is blessed with a good breed of cows, sheep, goats, and pigs. Another area of investment yet undeveloped is the poultry industry. Though farming activities are hampered by problems such as inadequate credit facilities and inadequate access to extension service of late the high cost of farming inputs is putting serious impediment on large-scale production. A number of tourist attractions abound in the District which are largely untapped.
Rains begin in May and end in the latter part of October, July to September is the peak period and the district experiences floods during the period. The rest of the year is dry. The average of annual rainfall is 1000mm. As Ghana adopts policy of opening up the hinterlands to trade and investment, it is the avowed aim of the Tolon District to make the district a prime destination for private sector and bilateral/multi-lateral institutional investment to exploit its numerous economic and tourism potentials for the benefit of its citizens.