Mr Gwapna Thaddeus Tanko was born on the 24th of August, 1956 Plateau State. He obtained his degree in Political Science from the University of Jos.

Mr Gwapna Tanko joined the Federal Civil Service in September, 1983 as an Administrative Officer grade level 8 and rose through the ranks to the post of a Director. During his career, he has served in various Government Ministries such as the Ministries of Niger Delta, FCT, Health, and Industry amongst others. He was recently posted to the Ministry of Defence as Director, Navy Affairs.

He is happily married with children.