The Yendi Municipal Assembly was established in 1988 by PNDC Law 207, Act 462, and LI 1443. It was elevated to a Municipality in 2007and later in 2012 by Act 462 and LI 2070 after the Mion District was carved out from the then Yendi Municipal Assembly.The Municipality is the oldest among the Five (5) Municipal Assemblies and one of the Sixteen (16) Administrative MMDAs in the Northern Region of Ghana and the Municipality also happened to be the capital of the Dagbon Kingdom.
The Municipality is located in the Eastern corridor of the Northern Region of Ghana. It lies between Latitude 90–350 North and Longitude 00–300 West and 00–150 East. The Greenwich Meridian passes through a number of settlements – Yendi, Bago, Laatam, Lumpua, Gbetobu, Gbungbaliga and Nakpachei. The Municipal shares boundaries with six (6) other District Assemblies; Saboba, Chereponi and Zabzugu Districts to the East; Nanumba North Municipal to the South, GusheguMunicipal to the North and Mion District to the West.
The Municipality is strategically located at the center of the Eastern Corridor of the Northern Region. it has a landmass of 1,446.3 sq km. (Source: Ghana Statistical Service, 2010 Population and Housing Census) It is about 90 km from the Northern Regional capital, Tamale.
To develop a Municipality where the people live peacefully together as one in an environment of
good Health, enhanced Education, and Prosperity.
The Yendi Municipal Assembly exists to harness the socio-economic potentials of the area to
improve the standard of living of the people through effective community participation and the
provision of services
The functions of the Yendi Municipal Assembly as stipulated by the Local Governance Act,
2016 (Act 936) are as follows: These functions which are broadly aimed at attaining their objective
and fulfilling its mission of improving the quality of life of its people is to:
- Exercise Political and Administrative Authority;
- Be responsible for the overall development of the district;
- Formulate and execute plans, programs and strategies for the effective mobilization of the resources necessary for the overall development of the district;
- Promote and support productive activity and social development in the district and remove any obstacles to initiative and development;
- Sponsor the education of students from the district to fill particular manpower needs of the district, especially in the social sectors of education and health, making sure that the sponsorship is fairly and equitably balanced between male and female students;
- Initiate programs for the development of basic infrastructure and provide municipal works and services in the district;
- Be responsible for the development, improvement, and management of human settlements and the environment in the district;
- In cooperation with the appropriate national and local security agencies, be responsible for the maintenance of security and public safety in the district;