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Born on September 10, 1964 to Wash Zakka Malo Kwarsen and Kah’ Rifkatu Utash Malo in Bokkos District of the then Pankshin Division of Plateau State, Yunana attended the Local Education Authority (LEA) primary school, Bokkos between 1971 and 1975. He was a pioneer student at the Government Secondary School, Mbar from 1975 to 1980 and attended the Federal School of Arts and Science, Victoria Island, Lagos before proceeding to the University of Jos, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Economics. He is currently a Doctoral student with the University of Jos.

Before joining the Bureau in 1993, he worked as lecturer in the Department of Economics at University of Jos between 1989 and 1992. Mr. Yunana’s main responsibilities in that capacity included Lecturing, Research work, Assisting Senior Lecturers with Tutorials, and other duties assigned by the Head of Department.

He joined the Bureau (then, Technical Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation-TCPC) in 1993. He anchored the committee work that produced the Nigerian National Petroleum Policy. He was involved in the reform work of the telecommunication sector and the several attempts to privatise NITEL, as well as its eventual liquidation. He also served as Special Assistant to three former Directors General of the Bureau. Over the years, Mr. Yunana has served the Bureau in various capacities and actively participated in several sector reform processes as he rose to his current rank of Director, Energy Department:

  • 2015 to 2016 – Director, Post Privatisation Monitoring (PPM)
  • 2014 to 2015 – Director, National Facilities and Agric. Resources (NFAR)
  • Director, Oil & Gas
  • Deputy Director, Information & Communications – Preparing NITEL for Liquidation
  • 2010 to 2012, Deputy Director, Oil and Gas Dept handling the refineries and PPMC
  • May 2006; Promoted Deputy Director
  • March 2005 to 2010 – Special Assistant to Director General,
    • Duties:
      • Technical Assistance on Reform and Privatisation
      • Represent DG at Board Meetings, Conferences, etc
      • Overseeing Units in the DG’s Office
  • March 2003 to March 2005; Assistant Director and Team leader, Eleme Petrochemical Company Privatisation, Team member Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Privatisation
    • Duties:
      • Preparation of EPCL for Privatisation
      • Handling Debt and other encumbrances
      • Preparation of PPMC for Privatisation
      • Handling Technical and Community Issues
      • Anchored OGIC Secretariat
  • May 2003 – Promoted Assistant Director
  • July 2000 to May 2003 – Chief Enterprise Officer
    • 2000 to 2001 – Pioneered the setting up of the Anti-Corruption Unit in the BPE
    • Advisers Selection
    • Preparing enterprises for privatisation
    • Policy analysis
  • 1998 to 2000 – Principal Enterprise Officer
    • Research and Publications
  • 1993 to 1998 – Senior Enterprise Officer
    • Research and Publications

He is a recipient of several awards and certificates of honor amongst which are:

  • IBWA Best Graduating Student Award; Department of Economics, University of Jos, Nigeria 1988
  • Outstanding Performance Award; Bureau of Public Enterprises, 2006